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Seize the joy!

Proverbs wisely says, “Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth” (Proverbs 27:1). Rather, be like David, who said, “In God we boast all the day long, and praise Thy name for ever” (Psalm 44:8). That is the key. You can plan for tomorrow, but you know that tomorrow may never come. So praise God and enjoy the time that you have. “Tomorrow” might not just be the next day, but the principle can apply to the next hour or even the next minute. What you have is now. The future is not a given. So you may as well enjoy the moment, because in reality that is all you are assured of.

Now that might sound a bit pessimistic in a way, but it is very liberating. Most people are slaves of tomorrow. All their long-term activities and plans are based on future goals. Your future goal is already assured. You have eternal life and love and happiness promised you. That is a given. So you don’t need to be in bondage to the future. You can plan for it and work toward your plans, but you don’t need to be bound by them.

You are, therefore, free to enjoy the time you have right now. If you don’t enjoy it right now, you really don’t get another chance. You can reminisce about good times or regret bad times. You can remember with fondness how you did enjoy the moment, or lament that you didn’t. But the only actual time you can enjoy the moment is right now, at the moment. So seize the moment! Seize the day! Seize the joy!

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