Thursday, February 3, 2011
Make Today Count!
“So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days.” Ephesians 5:15-16 NLT
Did you know that today is a gift from God? Think about it, yesterday could have been your last day here on earth. But you made it to another day, so what are you going to do with it? See it like it’s no big deal, just another day—or how about seeing today with a fresh pair of eyes? We rarely see things that we aren’t looking for. So, I vote that we choose to see today as God sees it, a day that is full of opportunity and potential. Because what we do with our days, and our time defines who we are.
Days are measured by time, 24 hours to be exact, and the clock is always ticking. And whether we like it or not, there is nothing we can do to stop it. Benjamin Franklin said that “time is the stuff life is made of.” I love that quote, because time is our most valuable possession, and what we do with it is indeed, the stuff life is made of. Abraham Lincoln said, “And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” But isn’t it true that our years are just a collection of days? So, the only way to make our years count is to make sure that we make each and every day count by living with a real sense of purpose, and use our time wisely.
Yesterday ended last night, so we’ve got a fresh start, it’s called today. So, keep your eyes looking ahead, not behind. Learn from the mistakes of yesterday, and move on. Briefly celebrate yesterday’s victories, but don’t stay there. With the help of the Holy Spirit look for the opportunities that today presents. You see too many people are either trapped by their pasts, or they are looking too far into the future and they forget the importance of living for today. So, Carpe Diem, seize the day and live it, really live it. Look at the things that are important to you, and then build your day around them. Focus on what’s important, on what will ultimately define you.
What project do you need to finish? What phone call do you need to make? What meeting do you need to schedule? What risk do you need to take? What opportunity is out there for you? Don’t waste another day; make the most of this one, make today count.