Here is something to think on as 2015 gets under way:

Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. (James 4:13-14)

There is nothing wrong with planning ahead, of course, and it would be foolish not to. The trouble arises when we allow ourselves to be seduced by the illusion that we are in control of our own lives. We are not. Tomorrow I could stumble on the uneven cobblestone sidewalk in front of our Hostel, and be thrown under a fast-moving bus. So much for my plans. We dream, we hope, we plan. But today is the only day we have.

So dream big dreams, hope for the best, and lay your plans for the future. But don’t live there. Live here, live today.