"One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon — instead of enjoying the roses blooming outside our windows today." Dale Carnegie’s words hit too close to home. How many times have I missed today to busy looking at yesterday and tomorrow?

When Paul said, "Now is the day of salvation," his words were not addressed to the lost. He was writing to believers — "fellow workers," as he called them in verse 1 — reminding them of their mission, of the price Jesus had paid for their sins, of the new life that was theirs in Christ.

The apostle urges them not to wait a moment longer to begin living life to the fullest. "Be reconciled to God," he said to his fellow workers. "Now is the time of God's favor, now is the day of salvation."
 The same can be said to you and me. Jordin Sparks of American Idol fame sang these lyrics: “I had to decide, was I gonna to play it safe? Or look somewhere deep inside, try to turn the tide and find the strength to take that step of faith? This is my now and I am breathing in the moment as I look around I can’t believe the love I see. My fear’s behind me, gone are the shadows and doubt that was then, this is my now.”

Stop waiting for your "life" to begin, for everything to fall into place. Your life is now. Now is the day of God's favor. Now is the day that God's wants to bless you. Now is the day that God wants to use you. NOW! What kind of roses are blooming outside your window today, and how will you begin to enjoy them?


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