Hold On Your Tomorrow’s Not Today

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

If you listened to the band Kansas in the late seventies early eighties, I’m sure one song you remember is Kerry Livgren’s “Hold On”. I didn’t know until much later Kerry was a follower of Christ, but I suspected it when I first heard “Dust in the Wind”.

In the middle of trying to figure out what I should do, or could do, about the hack/hijack of Woven and Spun, and becoming more and more frustrated with the whole thing, I pulled out a Kansas CD and popped it into the player.

Not that big a deal except just before the moment I chose to look for the CD, I told myself I didn’t want to play a CD by Big Daddy Weave, Rend Collective, Mercy Me, etc., which is my normal morning routine.

To show how very much God is in control, when I listened to “Hold On”, it was as if my ears opened to the meaning behind the song for the very first time.

I definitely never looked at the lyrics as having a spiritual meaning before, but man by the end of the song I felt like God spoke those words straight into my core.

When things around us are spinning out of control and we feel like giving up, hold on. The things we dream of may be lost, but hold on.

Why?

Because our breakthrough, getting on the other side of this present time of distress and trouble, is closer than we think possible. We’re right there on the brink of overcoming whatever’s holding us back.

Our tomorrow’s not the same as today. There’s hope for a brighter future.

One verse of the song mentions recalling how we felt when someone stood beside us. It was a face we should have known at those times we try to run away when things get too hard to bear. The question is asked, “Who do you turn to when there’s nobody there?”

As believers we know Jesus is the one standing right there next to us in the midst of our mess; even when we feel like fleeing. Even when we can’t see him.

“Hold On” wraps up with the fact the One standing next to us is outside our door waiting for us to invite him in, and once we do that’s the point where we are on the right track.

That song improved my outlook greatly.

It turned my eyes from the waves threatening to pull me under back to Jesus where they belong.

Are things looking pretty bleak right now?

Quoting Kerry Livgren, “Hold on. Your tomorrow’s not the same as today.”

There’s someone standing at the door, waiting for us to invite him into the middle of our mess, so hold on.

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“Look! I have been standing at the door, and I am constantly knocking. If anyone hears me calling him and opens the door, I will come in and fellowship with him and he with me.” Revelation 3:20 (TLB)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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You Can Do This

The first elementary school I taught at was an inner-city, impoverished school. Quite different from the middle-class environment I grew up in. My little second graders experienced things that broke my heart and brought tears to my eyes.

They walked to school past crack houses and drug dealers. This was a neighborhood where school lock-downs and police helicopter fly-overs were common place. Yet, these children never gave up. They were at school every day, and tried their hardest to succeed. Their eyes were on the prize.

Several years ago, I mentored young teens at a juvenile facility in the criminal justice system. These 13-15-year-old boys and girls had seen, and done things, I could hardly imagine.

One girl chose to stay in lock-up, and get her GED, rather than return to her home where a predatory step-father waited. Her younger sister pleaded guilty to a crime she didn’t commit, so she would be sent to jail, to avoid the same step-father.

On the last day with another mentee, as we both sat there crying, I told her Jesus would always be with her, looking out for her, taking care of her, and even though I wouldn’t be able to stay in touch with her, I would be praying for her. She said something I remind myself every day, “So, Jesus is like my homies…he’s got my back.” Absolutely.

These girls were determined to persevere, and overcome their present situations for a brighter future. They’d been knocked down, but refused to be knocked out.

There may be things you are facing right now, that seem impossible to overcome. Life’s tough. It truly is.

War. Unrest. Natural disasters. People with evil intent. Political turmoil. Divorce. Addictions. Disease. Death…It’s hard some days to keep on keeping on. But that’s what we need to do.

Keep pushing. Keep trying. Keep believing. Keep getting back up, when life knocks us down. Why? Because we belong to the One who overcame it all.

 

I (Jesus) have told you all this so that you will have peace of heart and mind. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows; but cheer up, for I have overcome the world.

John 16:33

Never doubt it…through Jesus’ power, you can be an over comer.

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I wish you well.

Sandy

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