This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24
In other words, no matter how bad things look today, we
need to put a smile on our faces, have a good time, or make like we’re having a
good time, and get on with it. This is
the best day we have. The Pollyannas
will tell us that things will get better.
They lie. Whiskey and wine are
about the only things that improve with age.
Once we reach maturity, it’s a one-way street, and all downhill. Tarnish doesn’t get shiny, rot doesn’t become
solid wood, rust doesn’t become steel, paint doesn’t unpeel, and we don’t get
quicker reflexes, run faster, have greater strength, or more endurance. Our organs get tired and less inclined to do
their jobs, and diseases our bodies sloughed off for years and decades are
welcomed in and given a home. If we want
joy in our lives, if we want our lives to have meaning, purpose, or fulfillment,
if we want to satisfy a dream, learn something new, get a better job, stand-up
for ourselves, or find love or happiness, we need to either accomplish it
today, or at least set priorities, ignore naysayers, eliminate distractions, and
make a serious step in that direction. And no, 'planning' to do it some time later when we are more ready is not a serious step. There may be no tomorrow, and even if there is, we’ll be less capable to
take advantage of it. Time is
wasting. Carpe diem!