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Y2K? What about today?

    With all the hype about Y2K, we seem to have forgotten Jesus’ warning about living just for today. Remember what he said: “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own!” (Matthew 6:34)

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m not advocating that we should be irresponsible. I’m not saying that we shouldn’t plan and be prepared. I’m not suggesting that we play the ostrich game and stick our head in the sand and ignore reality coming down the pike. But I am concerned about the crescendo of hysteria about Y2K that keeps us from living passionately for Jesus today! If we are not careful, 1999 will become the lost year, a mere warm up and fix up year for Y2K.

    So no matter what we may think about the importance of Y2K and the start of a new millenium, I’d like to remind us about a few things the Lord says in Scripture about living for him today and not getting lost in the worries and distractions of Y2K.

    Today, let’s encourage a brother or sister in Christ who is discouraged so that they won’t be hardened by Satan and sin (Hebrews 3:12-14).

    Today, let’s rejoice in the day the Lord has given us and be glad for its blessings, challenges, and opportunities (Psalm 118:24).

God calls us to live for him today with passion and character.
    Today, let’s recommit ourselves to boldly follow Jesus, serving in the shadow of his cross and honoring the sacrifice he made upon it for us (Luke 9:34).

    Today, let’s pray praising God and asking him for his help, blessing, protection, and forgiveness (Matthew 6:9-15).

    Today, let’s remember that all our plans are subject to the Lord’s will and his plans for us (James 4:13).

    Today, let’s listen for the Lord’s voice and be obedient to what he says to us Scripture and worship him (Psalm 95:6-8).

    Today, rather than worrying about all that we think we need in the future, let’s seek first God’s Kingdom and his righteousness and trust that all the things we can worry about will be taken care of by our Father (Matthew 6:28-34).

    For some reason quite unknown to me, we find it easier to “shoulda woulda coulda yesterday” and worry about tomorrow. But God calls us to live for him today with passion and character. Rather than fixate on Y2K, lets walk with Christ no matter the year, the day, or the hour because “Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today, and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8)


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