We Have This Day
by Karen Ashby
“Anything you can turn your hand to, do with what power you have; for there will be no planning, no knowledge, no wisdom in sheol where you are going.” Ecclesiastes 9:10 (NIV)
Solomon professes the works which we carry on here with the combined energies of body and soul come to an end in the hour of death, when the soul enters a new sphere of existence, and body and soul cease to act together. Consequently, he provides a practical and pragmatic solution: seize whatever opportunity one has to find joy as God grants it. We can also be encouraged in how we do this by Philippians (2:13 NIV), “for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill His good purpose.”
No one knows the future, but we have this day. As we face life-threatening diseases or relationship challenges, God’s words shed light for us that each day we have with each other is truly a gift. When you consider how long the earth has been in existence and how short our memories are from generation to generation, our time on this earth is brief.
After battling stage 3 cancer, I’m grateful everyday I hear my daughters giggle together as the bright morning sun streams into the room. Before cancer, I was an extremely goal-oriented person and so very focused on achievement. Now, I find such joy in these simple pleasures and in the realization that simply being who God created me to be is enough. Solomon concludes the book of Ecclesiastes with, “When all is heard: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this concerns all humankind” (12:13 NIV). We have this day on earth together to shine bright for Him as he helps us fulfill His purpose in how we live.
How do we do this? By discovering who we are, and by accepting what we are not. We are not defined by the measure of our material or professional success: we are more dimensional than that. We are not required to derive our identity from an attempt to please anyone: we are more precious than that as God’s beloved children. So, listen in faith to hear the song within you that is uniquely yours. And remember as you do, whatever your gift or task each day, it is precisely what is needed. Here? Yes. Now? Right now.
Listen to your song and move your life to its tempo. That is the melody that only you can sing and that the world needs to hear. Like all the rest of His creation, as you seek to be who God created you to be and do what He has designed you to do, you will discover that you are enough. Nothing more is required of you than to be just what your Maker intended. There is great freedom in that. Trust He has you right where He wants you this day, fighting the battles He has foreordained you to win.