Days of Grace

Tomorrow is not guaranteed

At homelife (Christian small group gathering in homes of church members where we meet once a week) we learnt of a family which is going through a very tough time with one family member stricken by cancer and is bedridden.

They need help and encouragement.  For the able family members, some time off from the everyday routine will be a great relief.  When I heard of that I felt burdened in my heart and I know God had placed that burden there.  I was thinking, I have the time, I can help, I can be a friend too.  With that burden and those thoughts I made up my mind to offer my time, just got to get more information.  I shared about this to a fellow church member and she wanted to come along with me.

Somehow over the weekend there were some distractions and that slipped my mind.  I am not giving myself excuses, in fact I am disappointed with myself (yeah, I can be very hard on myself sometimes) in forgetting to get the necessary information like address, best time to visit or to be at the home to relieve them and be introduced to the family as I have never met them.  I had wanted to help as soon as possible.  Until this morning (I am writing this on 6th October, Monday late morning) as I opened up the Daily Bread (I am a few days behind in my reading) to 2nd October and was reminded again.  For those who have a copy of the daily bread and has read that you will understand how that reading strike me so hard.  For the benefit of those who don’t have a copy, I have typed it out below:

For A Limited Time by David McCasland (Read James 4:13-17)
On a crisp October morning, our local newspaper featured a stunning photo of sun-drenched aspen trees whose leaves had turned autumn gold.  The caption read:  FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY.  The irresistible invitation to take a drive through the mountains to savor the brilliant colors conveyed the urgency of doing it quickly.  Autumn leaves that are golden today are often gone tomorrow.
Our opportunities to obey God’s promptings are also fleeting.  James warned against an arrogance that assumes endless days will be available to carry out our good intentions.  “You do not know what will happen tomorrow.  For what is your life?  It is even a vapor appears for a little time and then vanishes away….Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin”  (4:14,17).
Is there an act of kindness or encouragement that God has urged you to do for someone in His name?  How long has it been since that first prompting?  With so many demands on our time, the urgent tasks demand our attention while the important things can be postponed. But a time will come when even the important can no longer be done.
When we follow God’s urging with our action now, today will be golden.
If God is prompting you today
To help someone who has a need,
Don’t hesitate, the time is short;
Tomorrow is not guaranteed.   – Sper
Doing what’s right today means no regrets tomorrow.

As I was reading, I realised that I have forgotten (genuinely forgotten and not postponing) and this was God’s reminder to me.  I have been reminded that tomorrow is not guaranteed.  I do have reservations though about my ability to help as I feel that I am ill equipped in many areas, but this phrase is blinking strongly in my mind…’God does not call the equipped but He equipped the calls’. I have to be willing and made myself available.
I have shared in Leon’s blog, the post entitled “A little sharing that moved my soul” about people that need the Lord, people that need to be reached and here, right now this family is like ‘at my doorstep’ …this is where I can start in His name.  I thank God for fulfilling my heart’s desire.


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7 October, 2008 - Posted by | Thoughts | ,

2 Comments »

  1. agree with you…the only thing guaranteed is God!

    nancy said: Couldn’t agree more!

    Comment by blossomteoh | 7 October, 2008 | Reply

  2. Great post, and a very meaningful one !

    nancy said: Thank you Sarah.

    Comment by meiyen1990 | 8 October, 2008 | Reply


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