Today

(Originally Written June, 1991)

“If we fill our hours with regrets of yesterday and with worries of tomorrow, we have no today in which to be thankful.”

As you rush through this busy summer day, how much of your thoughts and energies will really be focused on “today”? As we run so quickly through life, we are often burdened down with “yesterday”. The mistakes, the failures, the memories of the “good old days”, and the projects we never had time to finish, seem to weigh us down. Today has enough of its own challenges; we don’t need to worry about the hurts of the past. It is best that we focus all that we ar4e on the opportunities of today. Yes, some of us who are emotional allow the realities of today to be clouded over by yesterday.

I never have had a lot of problem with “yesterday”. My memory only functions partially at times and I can’t remember that much of the yesterdays. My problem is “tomorrow”. As an organizer and an active person, I always want to be prepared for tomorrow. So I plan, worry, and sacrifice for the future. Some of this is good but we need balance in this area. Each year life goes faster and the future comes quickly! Therefore, we need to take each day and live it to the fullest while we have the health to enjoy it.

The essence of life is relationships with friends and family. But these relationships tend to change and end far too quickly. Most of us will bury our parents. My sister only lived forty of her seventy “allotted” years. Our children grow up too fast. In 1972, when my brother and I took over the family business, our son Lance was only three years old, Kenda was two, and Kami was not yet born. Lance will graduate from college this year and Kenda will be married next June, and we will soon be facing the “empty nest”. Are you enjoying those moments with your kids? Tonight, I came home early and walked around the lake with my wife. This was a rare but enjoyable time together. Have you gotten to know your mate “today”, before the kids leave home? What about that phone call, note, or visit? Life is best when we pause to enjoy the smile, the laugh, the walk, and smell the flowers along the way.

The Bible tells us that God will forget our past if we ask Him to, He has designed our future, and He controls the present. So let’s live today as if it were our last, enjoying life to the utmost. Bill and Gloria Gaither put it this way in song:

“We have this moment to hold in our hands and to touch as it slips through our fingers like sand – yesterday’s gone and tomorrow may never come – but we have this moment today.”

May your summer have many bright “Today’s”,

Kent Humphreys

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About kenthumphreys
Kent Humphreys has been a business leader for over forty years. He also served as CEO of FCCI/Christ@Work for six years and now serves as their worldwide ambassador, speaking, writing, and mentoring young leaders. He continues to be active in distribution, private equities, and real estate. Kent and his wife Davidene have written six books together. They have three children and eight grand-children.

One Response to Today

  1. Cathy Westm says:

    Thank you.

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