Philippians 4:4,6-7 (NASB) “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say rejoice! Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and pleading with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
I always live for today, but I am always preparing for tomorrow. Today is great! I enjoy every day, every minute the Lord has given me, and I am so thankful for them. But I never stop thinking about the reality that, as long as I am alive, tomorrow will come and how important it is to be prepared in heart and mind for it.
Paul is a good example of a man who lived every day rejoicing in the Lord, but he never stopped looking for the future that awaited him. “Brethern, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13-14)
I’ll never forget the words of my dad as he entered the hospital and handed his keys to my sister. He said, “Keep these for me. No matter what happens, I’ll be alright.”
I’ve often thought about that. Are you that prepared? Will you “be alright”?