Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes – James 4:14 NIV
LAST WEEK was another reminder that just like the onset of covid-19 last year, anything can happen in this life. Just a few days ago, US President Joe Biden has declared a major disaster in Texas, clearing the way for more federal funds to be spent on relief efforts in the US state. The south-western state’s energy grid was overwhelmed by a surge in demand for heat as temperatures plummeted to 30-year lows, hitting -18C early last week.
Nearly 80,000 homes were still without electricity this past Saturday morning. Earlier in the week, amid freezing temperatures as many as 3.3 million homes and businesses were without power. Worse, at the time of this writing, the hard-hitting temperatures had killed at least 21 people across multiple states in the country.
Yet, as humans we love to boast about our plans for tomorrow – thinking that the next 24 hours are guaranteed. However, the Bible warns us, “You don’t know the first thing about tomorrow. You’re nothing but a wisp of fog, catching a brief bit of sun before disappearing.”
In other words, we are only here for a short time. Therefore, we must seize the day and not wait and count on tomorrow. We must not be like the unwise man that’s described in Proverbs 25:14, “Like clouds and wind without rain is one who boasts of gifts never given.” Put another way, let’s quit bragging about the gifts and ideas that we have – instead give that gift that God has given you to the world while you’re still on earth because none of us know when something could befall us – like the unfortunate events in Texas.
And so as we kick off a new week, ensure that you don’t leave your gifts and talent’s on the shelf but make full use of them so that you won’t regret it when tomorrow doesn’t come…