September 21

Every day a fresh opportunity

“So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom” (Psa. 90:12).
“As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good” (Gal. 6:10).

All the days seem alike, as they come to us. But each day comes with its own opportunities, its own duties, its own privileges—holding out hands offering us radiant gifts. The day passes and never returns again. Other days as bright may come, but that day never comes a second time. If we do not take just then the gifts it offers, we shall never have another chance to get them, and shall always be poorer for what we have missed.
—J. R. Miller.

I think not of tomorrow,
It’s trial or its task;
But still, with childlike spirit,
For present mercies ask.
With each returning morning
I cast old things away;
Life’s journey is before me;
My prayer is for today.

One of the illusions is that the present hour is not the critical, decisive hour. Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.
Don’t waste life in doubts and fears; spend yourself on the work before you, well assured that the right performance of this hour’s duties will be the best preparation for the hours or ages that follow it.
—R. W. Emerson.

But once I pass this way
And then, no more.
So while I may
I will essay
Sweet comfort and delight
To all I meet upon the Pilgrim Way
For no man travels twice,
The Great Highway
That climbs through Darkness up to Light—
Through Night
To Day.
—John Oxenham.