Grace for This Moment

  • Jan. 12, 2012
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My Daddy used to always say, “Joni, don’t be always looking to the future.

I’m Joni Eareckson Tada.  My Daddy used to always say, “Joni, don’t be always looking to the future.  Pay attention to the present.”  He employed that practice when he built stone walls on the farm.  He’d pick up a rock, brush off the dirt, turn it over in his hands and line it up, looking for just the right place to put it.  As a result, that stone wall has not crumbled.  Why?  He paid attention to the task at hand.  You know, Daddy was reflecting the words of Jesus, who said, “Today’s troubles are enough for one day.  Don’t worry about tomorrow.  Tomorrow will take care of itself.”  We make the mistake of thinking that God is always preparing us for some important, future thing.  And so we rush to quickly get to the next moment.  But grace is for the work at hand; it’s for right now.  So don’t be pining for the days ahead.  Just look at today and pay attention to what you do with it.

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