Daily Devotional April 19, 2023

Don is one of the finest, most intelligent people I have ever met.  He’s now in heaven.  He taught me an invaluable lesson.  I hope his poetry speaks to you the way it did to me.

Rerun Daily Devotional April 19, 2017

Barbara sent me the following email.  It really got me thinking.

My husband has started writing bad poetry in his later years.  This one I thought you might get a chuckle from.


A Day of Thats

This is a day of thats.

I need to do this and that, and that, and that.

How can I remember this train of thats?

I get lost on the track of thats.

What can I do about that?

Jesus said do not worry about that.

Sufficient unto the day are the thats thereof.

According to Jesus’ teachings, Don is right on the money.  He said, “So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own.  Today’s trouble is enough for today.”  (Matthew 6:34)

Jesus gives us the ultimate time management technique.  It is understanding we are to take one day at a time.  Yet so often, we let the “what ifs” of the future, get in the way of truly living in the moment.  This is not why God made you.

God did not create you to be consumed by worries of the future.  God created you to live for today.

So, if that is the case, what do you truly have to accomplish today?  Whatever it is, it should begin by putting God in the right place.

Jesus said, “But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”  (Matthew 6:33)

While not planning for the future would be idiotic and the Bible never says, “Be ye stupid,” I am convinced that God wants us to live for today.

Prayer:  Dear Gracious Heavenly God, as I go about the business of the day, remind me that I am created by you for a particular purpose.  Help me to put the challenges of this day in their proper context.  Help me to live for you.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

I am pretty sure Don is a poet and didn’t know it.  Get it?

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.

Tom Robbins