Remember Fox’s cult series 24 that followed Agent Jack Bauer on his quests to ensure American safety and safeguard national sovereignty?
Well, I don’t, because I never watched it lol. But I DID find the premise interesting – that every season was exactly 24 hours. Never more, never less. And whatever Jack Bauer had to do to save the day, he only had 24 hours to do it. If he achieved all his goals, then the world would be safe for another day. If not, world destruction or domination was imminent. Basically, the future of the country was dependent on what Jack did with his 24 hours.
Imagine if your life was an episode of 24 – that what you did with these 24 hours you had today would determine what your future would look like. Would you still sleep in till 1? Would you choose to simply get by in all your classes? Would you still spend all your money buying new shoes and bags? Would you put your homework off till the last minute? Would you spend your whole day worrying about what’s next for you or how you’re not where you want to be? Would you binge-watch House? Or will you use what you have at your disposal today to make sure tomorrow looks a little better?
Proverbs 6 says this:
…look at an ant.
Watch it closely; let it teach you a thing or two.
Nobody has to tell it what to do.
All summer it stores up food;
at harvest it stockpiles provisions.
So how long are you going to laze around doing nothing?
How long before you get out of bed?
A nap here, a nap there, a day off here, a day off there,
sit back, take it easy—do you know what comes next?
Just this: You can look forward to a dirt-poor life,
poverty your permanent houseguest!
A little harsh, Solomon, but we get the point lol. We don’t get to see tomorrow. Like Jack Bauer, all we really have are these 24 hours God sets before us each and every day. What you do today – or don’t do – DOES have a direct correlation with what your future will look like. You can’t eat junk today and expect a beach body tomorrow. You can’t put off studying today and expect an A when finals roll around. You can’t spend all your money on a one-day sale and expect to be financially secure tomorrow. You can’t expect God to bring to pass tomorrow the things that you did not pray about today.
It’s ALL about these 24 hours you have in front of you. Focus on that. Make the most of that, and let God worry about everything else.
So… what are you doing with your 24 today?