On a hospital medical chart, a doctor wrote: “I saw your patient today, who is still under our car for physical therapy.” What a strange place to have therapy! Obviously, the ‘e’ was missing.
We are guilty of leaving things out from time to time. Perhaps that’s why our mothers continually reminded us to say “please” and “thank you.” We can miss the moment and not notice that something is missing. A word of encouragement that is never spoken … an act of kindness that never happened … an expression of gratitude that remained unsaid.
We are busy people, too busy. We can be overcome with the press and pressure of our schedules and not notice the moment that just slipped by.
C.S. Lewis was addressing students at Oxford University in the fall of 1939. Nazi Germany had just invaded Poland. The young men in the audience were beginning to feel tremendous anxiety as the storms of war threatened.
In part, Lewis said: “Happy work is best done by the man who takes his long-term plans somewhat lightly and works from moment to moment as to the Lord. It is only our daily bread that we are encouraged to ask for. The present time is the only time in which any duty can be done or any grace received.”
We cannot change yesterday and we have little to say about what the future may bring. We can live this day. We can practice His presence this day. We can open our eyes and hearts to the divine appointments on our daily calendar.
Regret comes when we could have or should have, and we didn’t. “Lord, thank You for this day. Help me to live in this moment in time with anticipation of great possibilities!”