Tuesday: 4th December, 2018
Reference text: Luke 10:21-24
Luke 10:24 For I tell you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.
‘A bird in hand is worth two in the bush’: this is an old idiom that paints the clear distinction Jesus sought to draw today in the Gospel. In saying to his disciples: ‘many wanted to be where you are now, but you are the ones here’, He presented a clearer picture of the difference between ‘wishes’ and ‘actual reality’.
Why this comparison is made was to make them realise the unique positions they occupied: they had to learn to be appreciative of what they had. Sadly, we tend to have little value for the things we possess and are often fixated on those which will be and can be. We neither see what we have now, nor where we are as any special. Thus, we only preoccupy ourselves with getting more.
Beloved, while looking forward to tomorrow is good and expected, there is a reason today is called ‘present’. It is a gift that ought to be used because it has been given. This by no means suggests an invitation to mediocrity, but we need to learn to acknowledge and make the most of what we have in hand now.
Remember # unless revealed, tomorrow remains a mystery, but the today is a GIFT; so use it.