'This is the day that the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.' - Psalm 118:24. What a great reminder this well-known passage gives us. Truly this is a verse that should be stated and claimed each and every morning we wake up.
The present is a 'present' from God. Too often we allow the past and the future to rob us of the beauty of the present moment. The past seems to rob us in a couple of different ways. Often we try and re-create or worship the 'good old days' and it leaves us ungrateful and bitter about today. Sometimes we relive regrets and painful scenes from our past and we agonize in guilt and sorrow about 'what might have been.'
But let's remember that the past has passed. God has forgiven us in Christ, and it is done. The good old days were not as good as we have immortalized them in our mind and God has greater things for us today.
The future most often robs us in the form of worry. Our imaginations run wild with 'what if' scenarios about world events, our livelihood, possible failures, etc. Yet Jesus strictly warned us to focus our thoughts on today for 'today has enough worries of its own.' So much of what we worry about in the future never comes to fruition at all. There are people, provisions, and character-building moments that God wants to take us through each day that will prepare us for the future He has for us.
So, today is a new day. It is a gift from God to you and me. Let's receive it. Let's embrace it. Let's live in this moment today!