Hugh’s News & Views (Just For Today)


Rarely, but occasionally, I borrow material from another source for my “News & Views.” Such is the case this week.

In the bulletin of the Shelbyville Road Church of Christ in Indianapolis, Indiana of May 31, 2020, Ben Vick, minister of the church, one of the two elders of the congregation, and editor of the bulletin spoke of the encouragement he often received from his mother in his work as a gospel preacher. He mentioned especially how much encouragement she was to him in his first full-time work. Often in her letters to him she would include clippings of sayings, poems, or stories. Ben would read them and then file them according to subject matter. Over the years, he accumulated an abundance of informative and encouraging material from his mother. He said she must have been kin to Barnabas, known in the New Testament as the Son of consolation (KJV), Son of exhortation (ASV), or Son of Encouragement (NKJV; NASB) (Acts 4:36).

Included in that bulletin of May 21, 2020 was the following article Ben had received from his mother many years before. I share it with my readers this week in the hope that it will be an encouragement to us in our walk with the Master. It is titled “Just For Today.”

JUST FOR TODAY I will try to live through this day only, and not set far-reaching goals to try to overcome all of my problems at once. I know I can do something for 12 hours that would appall me if I felt that I had to keep it up for a lifetime.

JUST FOR TODAY I will try to be happy. Abraham Lincoln said, “Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” He was right. I will not dwell on thoughts that depress. I will chase them out of my mind and replace them with happy thoughts.

JUST FOR TODAY I will adjust myself to what is. I will face reality. I will try to change those things I can change and accept those things I cannot change.

JUST FOR TODAY I will try to improve my mind. I will not be a mental loafer. I will force myself to read something that requires effort, thought, and concentration.

JUST FOR TODAY I will exercise my soul in three ways. I will do a good deed for somebody—without letting them know it. (If they find out I did it, it won’t count). I will do at least two things that I know I should do but have been putting off. I will not show anyone that my feelings are hurt; they may be hurt, but today I will not show it.

JUST FOR TODAY I will be agreeable. I will look as well as I can, dress becomingly, speak softly, act courteously, and speak ill of no one. Just for today, I will not try to improve anybody except myself.

JUST FOR TODAY I will have a program. I may not follow it exactly, but I will have it, thereby saving myself from two pests: hurry and indecision.

JUST FOR TODAY I will have a quiet half-hour to relax alone. During this, I will reflect on my behavior and will try to get a better perspective on my life.

JUST FOR TODAY I will not be afraid. I will gather the courage to do what is right and take responsibility for my own actions. I will expect nothing from the world, but I will realize that as I give to the world, the world will give to me.

Great thoughts, wouldn’t you agree?

Hugh Fulford

August 18, 2020