Scripture: "Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation."1
Leo Buscaglia wrote, "There was a girl who gave me a poem, and she gave me permission to share it with you, and I want to do that because it explains about putting off and putting off and putting off—especially putting off caring about people we really love. She wants to remain anonymous, but she calls the poem, "Things You Didn't Do," that said the following:
Remember the day I borrowed your brand
new car and I dented it?
I thought you'd kill me, but you didn't.
And remember the time I dragged you to the
beach and you said it would rain, and it did?
I thought you'd say, "I told you so," but you didn't.
Do you remember the time I flirted with all the
guys to make you jealous, and you were?
I thought you'd leave me, but you didn't.
Do you remember the time I spilled strawberry
pie all over your car rug?
I thought you'd hit me, but you didn't.
And remember the time I forgot to tell you the
dance was formal and you showed up in jeans?
I thought you'd drop me, but you didn't.
Yes, there were lots of things you didn't do.
But you put up with me, and you loved me,
and you protected me.
There were lots of things I wanted to make up to
you when you returned from Viet Nam.
But you didn't.2
Is there something you need to do today for someone you care about—something that you've been putting off for too long? Why not do it today?
Also, is there someone who needs to put his or her life right with God? You know who you are. Be sure to do this today. And is there a reader who needs to accept God's forgiveness. If so, be sure to read the article, "How to Be Sure You're a Real Christian" online at: www.actsweb.org/christian. Remember that "now is the accepted time … now is the day of salvation."1 The fact is that none of us has any guarantee of tomorrow.
Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank you that your Word reminds us that 'now is the day of salvation.' Please give me the courage to do what I need to do and to do it today. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus' name, amen."
1. 2 Corinthians 6:2 (NLT).
2. Author Unknown