Day By Day

Some days it seems as if life will always go on as it has been. Routines can guide many a person’s day: alarm, shower, breakfast, and off to whatever work we have chosen. Some are retired, but most still have some sort of “work” they do. Perhaps remodeling, a garden that needs lots of care, volunteer work, or any variety of creative projects. We end our days with a meal and then time to relax, perhaps with family or friends. Day by day, we continue.

Life seems to go on the same, although we may have some long range plans: retirement, a trip to the beach or mountains or perhaps even another country, or more importantly to see family living far away. And if we are retired, our plans may take on many trips or a slew of projects we have “put off” until we have time. Once retired, we have the time.

Day by day, life moves along. Although we know we won’t be here forever, we often don’t think about it. We put such things on a “back burner”. We have plenty of time. What seems most important is what is in the “here and now”. Routines, work, projects, trips … the list goes on and on.

Some things are difficult to face, to even think about. Death is one of them. I am healthy now, but sometimes a new diagnosis or trouble close to home can cause me to remember that this body of mine does have an expiration date.

In the book “Gentle Giant”, Robert Unverzagt talks about his decision to follow Jesus, one that cost him his career in business, his home, and a great salary. He says, “For forty years I have been trying to live in Christ, and it is still by far the most challenging thing I do in the course of my day.” [1]

I agree. So how do I deal with this challenge? I’ve failed plenty of times. The Bible says we all have. Even Paul said, “For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want.” (Romans 7:19) So what do we do? Here’s how Paul faced it. “Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our LORD!” (verses 24-25) He then concludes: “Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.” (Romans 8:1)

Is life a boring routine of day after day? A challenge that seems impossible to meet? Jesus doesn’t condemn us. He has a path of freedom to another life, a better life. And day by day we are getting closer as we follow Him.

There is a song from the 70’s whose lyrics went something like this: “Day by day, day by day, O dear LORD, three things I pray. To see Thee more clearly, love Thee more dearly, follow Thee more nearly, day by day by day by day by day.”[2]


[1] “Gentle Giant” pg 89. Robert L. Unverzagt.

[2] The song can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekoHxB4idmg

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