Devotional: If Today

If today was the last day that you or someone else had, how would you want it remembered? Would you use the same careless language that you normally use? Would you actually take a few moments to pay attention to the voice inside and obey it, or disregard it as usual? Would you speak, smile, and wave to your neighbor? Would you check on that friend that you have not spoken with in a long time? Would you spend time actually listening to your spouse or child? Would you tell someone that you loved them? Would you actually share the truth that’s been hidden in your heart? Would you forgive the person that you’ve been angry at for years? Would you be a better you? If you answered yes to many, or even one of these, the ask yourself why don’t you do this every day? Why should it take the reality of loss to cause us to change and live uprightly? We are not promised tomorrow. Better yet, we are not entitled to tomorrow. Our lives are fragile and like a vapor. We’re here one moment and gone the next.

If one person made an effort to be better for just a single moment of everyday, our world, communities, and families would be better. I don’t mean marginally better. I mean significantly better. I’m not suggesting that everyone needs do this all at the same time, or all day. Just one person, for just one moment. Then another person for another moment. And so on. Doing things like this would sow seeds of greatness, restoration, and peace into the lives of this generation, and those to come. It would reduce crime, strengthen marriages and families, break curses, bind the hand of the enemy, and draw us closer to God. It would heal our land. Don’t you want that? Any of that? Don’t you want to be treated better? Don’t you want your children treated better, and for them to be safe? Don’t you want to be better?

I do.
Scriptures:
Luke 6:31 NLT – Do to others as you would like them to do to you.

Mark 12:29-31 NLT
29 Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The LORD our God is the one and only LORD.
30 And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’
31 The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.”

Eph. 4:26-27 NLT
26 And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry,
27 for anger gives a foothold to the devil.

James 4:14 NLT
How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.

2 Chron. 7:14 NIV
if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
Prayer:
Lord, I speak life to every dead relationship in my life. For the moments you allow me Lord, I will live for you. Please forgive me when I have been hurtful and insensitive to someone. Restore that relationship. Hear my prayer and heal my land. In Jesus name, amen.

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