Just For Today
A Daily Approach to Prayer and Scripture
Monday, February 20
“Anxiety in the heart…causes depression, but a good word makes it glad.”
Pr 12:25 NKJV
BE AN ENCOURAGER
When Enrico took his first voice lesson at ten, the teacher said, “You haven’t any voice at all.” But Enrico’s mother heard greatness in her son’s voice. She believed in his talent. And even though they were very poor she put her arms around him and said, “My boy, I’m going to make every sacrifice to pay for your voice lessons.” Her confidence in him and her constant encouragement paid off, because he became one of the most beloved and widely acclaimed singers of all time. His name? Enrico Caruso. When the world tries to tear us down, we need people who build us up, people who recognize our talent and help us make the most of it. Consider these “commands for parents,” written from a child’s point of view: (1) My hands are small; please don’t expect perfection whenever I make a bed, draw a picture, or throw a ball. (2) My legs are short; slow down so that I can keep up with you. (3) My eyes have not seen the world as yours have; let me explore it safely, and don’t restrict me unnecessarily. (4) Housework will always be there; I’m only little for a short time. Take time to explain things to me about this wonderful world, and do so willingly. (5) My feelings are tender; don’t nag me all day long. Treat me as you would like to be treated. (6) I am a special gift from God; treasure me as God intended you to—holding me accountable for my actions, giving me guidelines to live by, and disciplining me in a loving manner. Today, be an encourager!
Tuesday, February 21
“Those who trust in the Lord are…unmoved by any circumstance.”
Ps 125:1 TLB
UNMOVED BY ANY CIRCUMSTANCE
By age twenty-nine, author Carson McCullers had suffered three strokes. Then while she was still crippled and partially paralyzed, her husband committed suicide. Despite her problems she forced herself to write every day, and as a result became a distinguished novelist. The English poet John Milton was blind. World-renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman had polio. Former Miss America Heather Whitestone is deaf. Stephen Hawking, physicist and lecturer at Cambridge University, has Lou Gehrig’s disease. No wonder Thomas Edison said if we did all the things we were capable of doing, we’d astound ourselves! So, what’s the secret to enduring and enjoying life? It’s this: “Those who trust in the Lord are…unmoved by any [did you get that—any] circumstance.” Despite how you feel today, your problems aren’t insurmountable. The Bible says, “God can do what men can’t” (Lk 18:27 TLB). And what’s more, He listens to “the prayers of the destitute…he is never too busy” (Ps 102:17 TLB). Einstein said, “In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.” The same God who guided Abraham when he didn’t have a clue where he was going, gave Sarah a child in her old age, rolled back the Red Sea, and raised Jesus from the dead, is alive and working in your life. So “be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might” (Eph 6:10). Remember, His chariots of deliverance “are…thousands and thousands of thousands” (Ps 68:17 NIV). Today take heart! “The eternal God is your refuge, and his everlasting arms are under you” (Dt 33:27 NLT).