One of my favorite poems is by Douglas Malloch, called, “Its Fine Today”. In this poem he is telling us that we should not worry about what happened yesterday, or what may happen tomorrow, but to live one day at a time! Below is his poem in its entirety.
“Sure, this world is full of trouble–I ain’t said it ain’t; Lord, I’ve had enough and double reason for complaint. Rain and storm have come to fret me, skies are often gray; thorns and brambles have beset me on the road–but say, ain’t it fine today?
“What’s the use of always weepin’, making trouble last? What’s the use of always keepin thinkin’ of the past? Each must have his tribulation—water with his wine; life, it ain’t no celebration, trouble? –I’ve had mine—but today is fine!”
“It’s today that I am livin’, not a month ago. Havin’; losin’; takin’; givin’; as time wills it so. Yesterday a cloud of sorrow fell across the way; it may rain again tomorrow, it may rain—but say, ain’t it fine today?”
I remember that one of my wife’s favorite sayings is “Today is the first day of the rest of your life!” Meaning of course that today we begin our life all over again. And we can do so every morning. We can begin every morning with a day with no mistakes in it—so far at least. Every day will not be perfect, but we can determine to make it a day of adventure and achievement, a day to live and enjoy. Or we can determine to simply survive another boring and unproductive day.
Even Jesus in Matthew 7:11 taught us to pray each day for the things we need when he said, “Give us this day, our daily bread.” Then in verse 34 he tells us in his Sermon on the Mount, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” So to simply live one day at a time is something that Jesus taught also.
Paul gives us words of comfort in 2nd Corinthians 4:16 when he wrote, “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.”
So let’s take comfort knowing that God is taking care of our physical and spiritual needs today, and if he blesses us with another day, he will take care of those needs also. Just something to think about!
Harvey Schultz firstname.lastname@example.org