Hey Tomorrow, Where Are You Going?

Hey tomorrow, where are you goin'
Do you have some room for me
'Cause the night is fallin' and
the dawn is callin'
I'll have a new day if
she'll have me. . .
~Jim Croce~

Yesterday

Jim Croce captured my imagination when a politician nicknamed Tricky Dick was tap-dancing around legal maneuvers to remain in the Oval Office. There were accusations and subpoenas being held at bay by a picket fence of lies and convoluted constitutional reasoning.

It was July 1973. At a camp in upstate New York, I was tumbling head over heels in love with a strawberry-blonde college girl with an engaging smile and the prettiest blue eyes. Mr. Croce’s lyrical spin on happenings became an instant connecting point for us.

Thirty-eight years later that young lady and I are still pressing on as we unpack all the joys and sorrows of life together. Where on earth did all the time and miles go? How did next week, next month, next year get transformed into a whole slew of yesterdays?

Yesterday can disappear as rapidly as smoke on the wind. Nostalgia Ville is a nice place to visit, but no one should actually take up residence there. Yesterday is the place that accumulates memories—some good, some bad—and it is where regrets or failures should remain.

There is no escaping the fact that second thoughts or disappointments happen to everyone, but they are not meant to defeat us—they are to be learning and growing experiences.

Our character is shaped by how we choose to respond to hard lessons forged in those places that test and stretch us. When circumstances grind us or individuals burn us, we are to sally forth enabled by grit and grace—we are to apply each insight, and then move on a bit wiser or tougher.

Hey tomorrow, I can't show
you nothin'
You've seen it all pass by
your door, so many times I said I been changin'
Then slipped into patterns of what
happened before. . .

'Cause I've been wasted and I've
over-tasted all the things life
gave to me
And I've been trusted, abused
and busted, and I've been taken
by those close to me. . .
~Jim Croce~

Today

Today often gets lost in the urgency of deadlines or commitments. That’s not the way it is supposed to be, but it happens all too often. We don’t really intend to get caught up in the tyranny of the here and now, but unless we are very careful, we do.

Daily tasks can tap us dry without us even being aware of the drain until we run out of gas. We get irritated over nothing or snap at a loved one because our perception was distorted. Sometimes life can wear us down. To simply make it from one sunrise to another takes all our energy.

Tomorrow is where hope resides. It is quite true that the sun always comes out tomorrow, but genuinely authentic hope lies far beyond the dawning of a new day. As Christ-followers we are to be grounded in the eternal. To be truly alive we must always embrace the hope of an eternal tomorrow.

In the midst of a shipload of misfortunes an itinerant preacher and sometime tentmaker named Paul wrote: “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

We do not lose hope. To keep our vision fixed on eternity while slugging it out in a fallen world is the central tension of a believer’s life. It is what drives us to dig into God’s Word to weigh it against the corrupt reality of our culture. We look for the gold hidden in the garbage surrounding us.

We can so easily get off the track of what is really important if we do not remain focused on those faith-traditions that serve to point and nudge us away from self-absorption. Yesterday is dead, today is busy—tomorrow has the potential to be different. Take note that tomorrow will be fashioned by our choices today.

Hey tomorrow, you gotta believe
that I'm through wasting what's
left of me
'Cause night is fallin' and
the dawn is callin'
I'll have a new day
if she'll have me. . .

'Cause I've been wasted and I've
over-tasted all the things life
gave to me
And I've been trusted, abused
and busted, and I've been taken
by those close to me. . .

Hey tomorrow, where are you goin'
Do you have some room for me
'Cause night is fallin' and
the dawn is callin'
I'll have a new day if
she'll have me. . .
~Jim Croce~

Tomorrow

Each and every December we have an opportunity to pay homage or lip-service to Advent Season. We go on a kind of pilgrimage that finds completion in our celebration of Christ’s birth. How we choose to mark this annual journey will be distinctive and varied, depending on our personalities and backgrounds.

However, we must understand that our choices have consequences. The patterns we put in place for ourselves and our children will determine what we truly value. We can go with the flow and remain on the treadmill of earthbound concerns, or we can choose to have our faith revived as we behold the supernatural marvel of God becoming man.

Marketers and merchants find cheer in debit and credit cards getting swiped, but deep within us we know that the miracle of Bethlehem has nothing to do with wish lists or mall hopping. Our faith in Christ is supposed to affect our perspective so that we offer a viable alternative to compulsively obsessive consumerism—we ought not to be carbon copy cut-outs indistinguishable from culturally accepted norms.

Unfortunately our actions speak much louder than our good intentions or words—the prayers we pray, the homilies we proclaim or the songs we sing too often have little or no impact on our shopping and holiday habits. We can actually avoid becoming enthralled with the search for the perfect bauble or trinket to give-away by remembering that gifts are an expression of love from our hearts. What’s down in the well of our hearts works its way out in our lives.

The adventure of Advent should point us to the giver of all good gifts. God gave the first Christmas gift—the baby Jesus was the perfect manifestation of God’s all-consuming love for us.

What better way to commemorate that wonder than by endeavoring to emulate sacrificial love? Pouring our lives into others is an essential prescription for soul maintenance. Our Creator set an example that has far-reaching repercussions. At Bethlehem God humbled himself to lift us up out of the slimy pit of sin and despair. The everlasting Father entered history for the purpose of redeeming creation at Calvary. It’s no wonder that an awe-inspired hymn-writer asked: “How can it be that thou my God shouldst die for me?”

Yesterday, today, tomorrow—does our faith in the One present at the formation of the universe make a difference in our decisions? God the Son was born to die, but not to merely provide us with a get out of hell free card. When we believe in him he sets us free and commissions us to care for others—when we trust Christ we have the promise that an eternal tomorrow will have room for us.

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Seeker7 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland

What a beautiful hub this is. Full of hope and inspiration - but what is extraordinary is that you draw out that hope from everyday things not high flying dreams.

I think we all spend too much time regretting past deeds and thoughts rather than accepting that these things happened. The future would be much brighter and hopeful if we could learn from the past, accept it, then let it go. I think so much of our future can be spoiled by continually carrying emotional baggage from our past.

I really loved this wonderful hub. It it very uplifting for Christmas certainly, but I would find so much in this article at any time of the year. Many thanks for sharing. Voted up + awesome + bookmarked as a favourite.


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Ken R. Abell 4 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Seeker7 - Thank you so much for your kind words. Much appreciated. Peace, blessings & much encouragement to you. Merry Christmas.


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freecampingaussie 4 years ago from Southern Spain

I really enjoyed this hub .So true and so much time gets wasted in meaninless activities .Time goes so fast - need to make the most of every day.


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Ken R. Abell 4 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Thanks, freecampingaussie.


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sheilanewton 4 years ago from North Shields, UK

Such a well-thought-out, beuatifully written article. You must have a background in journalism, Ken. This is like reading a feture from the Guardian or the Times (UK) Amazing.


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Ken R. Abell 4 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

sheilanewton - Thank you. You are very kind.


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sjwigglywoo 4 years ago from UK

What an amazing article, I feel truly blessed to have read it, thank you for sharing. I always feel that making time for others is one of the most important things in life.


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Ken R. Abell 4 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

sjwigglywoo - Thank you.


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BizVT34 4 years ago from USA

Nice... you treated Mr. Croce's work very respectfully and thanks for a lovely Hub.


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Ken R. Abell 4 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

BuyaBiz - You're welcome. Thank you stopping in & sharing.


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EyesStraightAhead 4 years ago from Florida, USA

Great hub! I am a firm believer in the holidays being about their true purpose instead of how many gifts we can get or give. I love seeing the face of young children when they share the gospel story through a play or singing carols. I get excited when I see youth asking questions and wanting to learn. I enjoyed this. I do believe that having faith allows us to look forward to tomorrow, though it isn't promised. Now for many of us to learn that we don't have to pack our schedules with business to be a "good Christian" - some of Christ's best teachings came after he was alone. Thanks for sharing this wonderful hub, and the video / song. I had not heard of Jim Croce previously.


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Ken R. Abell 4 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

EyesStraightAhead - Thank you. I appreciate your words. Jim Croce wrote some wonderful story songs. His voice was always so evocative & engaging. Check out more of his music when you get a chance. Blessings.


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EyesStraightAhead 4 years ago from Florida, USA

I definitely will! I put it on my list of things to do this week. Thank you again for sharing. I always love learning about new artists and writers.


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susansisk 3 years ago from Georgia, USA

Very beautifully written, and so right on. Time passes much to quickly, and it is easy to get caught up in dwelling on the past. With God, there is always a tomorrow. Thank you for writing this.


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Ken R. Abell 3 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Your welcome, susansisk. Thank you for reading & sharing.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Hi Ken, what a wonderful and inspiring hub. Jim Croce was one of my favourite singers (along with Harry Chapin) Both great story tellers. Croce's words were also inspirational. Thank you for sharing this well written article.


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Ken R. Abell 2 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

You're welcome, Jodah. Thank you for your words.

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