". . . you pile up enough tomorrows, and you'll find you are left with nothing but a lot of empty yesterdays. I don't know about you, but I'd like to make today worth remembering."
- Professor Harold Hill, The Music Man
When I was an elementary school teacher I used to have this quote from Harold Hill posted on my classroom wall. Each morning when I greeted my fourth, fifth, or sixth grade students I would either recite this quote or I would say to them, "Today is the only May 17th, 2007 (or whatever day it was) you and I are ever going to get........ so let's give our best in all we do."
Over the years I could tell that this daily occurrence of focusing upon "today" made a lasting impression on my students. In all honesty, I said it as much for myself as I did for them. I wanted to remember the value and realize the potential of the day ahead of me.
I don't teach elementary school anymore and at times I find that I forget the value of "today." I take "today" for granted and rest upon yesterday's successes or set my hopes on trumped up plans for tomorrow. In reality all I really have is "today"--yesterday is gone and there is no guarantee of tomorrow. I need a reminder of the gift of "today" in my life.
Thankfully God reminds me.
Psalm 118:24 says, "This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it."
Today is a gift from God. As the morning sun rises and God hands me the gift of a new day, He assures me of His presence and says, "Let's go give our best and make today worth remembering."