Just A Day At A Time

Read: Philippians 3:7-14

A worried patient, lying sick on a bed, turned to her doctor and asked, “How long will I have to lie here and suffer?” “Just a day at a time,” the wise doctor answered.

Just a day at a time! What a wonderful philosophy of life. Just a day at a time the new year will come to us with its new burdens, duties, hopes, and fears. As we stand at the beginning of a brand new year, which if it continues the pace of the year now past, will record great changes in the history of our country, in the history of us families, and as individuals, let us not be discouraged or dismayed by the overwhelming greatness of its possibilities. Rather, let’s find comfort and encouragement in the fact that God has cut the coming year into smaller pieces, and we shall have to live it “one day at a time.”

We cannot live tomorrow today. Nor can we live next week tomorrow. But, with God’s help, we can bear the burdens and the challenges that come to us today.

As our days, so shall our strength be. We have God’s own assurance that each day throughout the coming year will find us equipped with that amount of strength that will be necessary to bear its burden, to endure its trial, to fight its battle through. We have this assurance because we have a friend who has promised to be with us in His love and power “even unto the end of the world”… Jesus, our Lord and Savior.

Surely we have every reason in these first days of a new year to speak the pleading, yet confident prayer of the Christian poet:

Lord, for tomorrow and its needs I do not pray,
Keep me, my God, from stain of sin, just for today.
Where’er I fail, forgive for Jesus’ sake, I pray;
Let me be kind in word and deed just for today.
Let me in season, Lord, be grave, in season gay,
Let me be faithful to Thy grace just for today.

How has prayer helped you? How does your personal prayer time and communal prayer time in worship inform and feed you? Look for more stories of prayer in next week’s Monday Meditation.