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Do you know what an aphorism is?
by Gary Andrews
Aug 15, 2014 | 27 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Are you familiar with the word aphorism?

Webster’s dictionary defines it as: a short, pointed sentence that expresses a wise or clever observation or a general truth.

One aphorism that we hear a lot but probably think little about is...The nicest thing about the future is... that it always starts tomorrow.

So many of us worry about the future and never realize what we are wishing for. When we long for something to happen tomorrow, we need to understand when tomorrow comes it is today. This may sound a little crazy but if you really stop and think about this, we will never see the future while we are participants on this earth. It is only through hope and faith that our tomorrows will turn into our present days.

The psalmist tells us in Psalm 27:1; “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.”

We worry so much about something that we really don’t know if we will ever see. What we need to understand is that the peace and understanding that only Jesus Christ can provide us is for today and we accept Him through faith that we will have a future and eternal home with Him. We need to have peace within our lives and understand that only God controls tomorrow.

So many of us have taken many blood pressure pills and made ourselves sick because of the uncertainty of knowing what tomorrow holds for us. The psalmist tells us again in Psalm 37:37; “Consider the blameless, observe the upright; there is a future for the man of peace.”

It is my hope and desire that each one of us will realize that we only control what we are doing at this very moment. Yes, we all want to see tomorrow but it will be difficult if we are not with peace of mind about it and praise God to deliver us to it. We never have a future and we only have today. Let’s focus on what the real values are facing us today. I am not saying do not plan for the future, but we need to understand that today is all we have.

Prayer: Thank you Lord for another day of life. You are a gracious and loving God and I give you praise for each day that you allow me to have. Guide my thoughts and give me strength to endure each day as it is. Amen.

(Daily Corinthian columnist and Corinth native Gary Andrews is retired after 35 years in the newspaper and magazine business. He may be contacted at gary@gadevotionals.com.)
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