Today matters. You bet it does. No matter how crappy you feel, you’re still better off than having no capacity to feel.

So, since you’re alive and kicking, what are you waiting for. There’s gold in these rules.

14 Golden Rules For Today

One:
Live this day as if it will be your last. This is it. All you have. Make it your best day. Someone else is counting on that.

Two:
Today, deliver more than expected.
Exercise your privilege to go the extra mile.

Three:
Search for the seed of good in every adversity.
You will learn things in adversity that you would never have discovered without trouble. There is always a seed of good. Find it.

Four:
Remember that there is little happiness in having or in getting, compared to giving.
Reach out. Be generous. Money. Praise. Coffee.

Five:
Whenever you make a mistake don’t look back at it too long.
Learning from mistakes is one of God’s ways of building you up. Your capacity for occasional blunders is inseparable from your capacity to reach your goals. No one wins them all. Your failures, when they happen, are just part of your growth. There’s a comeback for your setback. Never quit. Ever.

Six:
Refuse to fret at any imperfections that you fear may impede your progress.
Remind yourself, as often as necessary, that you are a creature of God and have the power to achieve by lifting up your thoughts and prayers.

Seven:
Each day is a special gift from God.
And while life may not always be fair, you must never allow the pains, hurdles, and handicaps of the moment to poison your attitude and plans for yourself and your future.

Eight:
A day merely survived is no cause for celebration.
You aren’t here to fritter away your precious hours when you have the ability to accomplish so much.

Nine:
Count your blessings.
Once you realize how valuable you are and how much you have going for you, you will finally be able to move toward the life that God intended for you.

Ten:
Beginning today, treat everyone you meet, loved one or stranger, as if this were their last day.
Extend to each person all the care, kindness, understanding and love that you can muster. And do it with no thought of any reward.

Eleven:
Laugh at yourself and at life.
Not in the spirit of derision or whining self-pity, but as a remedy that will help you to put in perspective that seemingly terrible defeat.

Twelve:
Don’t neglect the little things.
Never skimp on that extra effort, that word of praise or thanks, that delivery of the very best that you can do. It doesn’t matter what others think, it is of prime importance, however, what you think about you.

Thirteen:
Be a self-starter.
Today will never happen again. Look on the new day as a special gift from your Creator. Don’t waste it with a false start or no start at all.

Fourteen:
Never allow anyone to rain on your parade.
Remember that no talent, no self-denial, no brains, or no character, are required in the fault-finding business. Only God can shape a flower, but any foolish child can pull it to pieces. Your life is too precious to be sacrificed in wasted days combating the menial forces of hate, jealously, and envy.

I love #14 – that’s why I saved it for last. Which one stands out to you? Please leave a comment below.

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Bob Jones

Bob Jones

Happily married to Jocelyn for 41 years. We have two adult sons, Cory and his wife Lynsey and their son Vinnie and daughter Jayda; Jean Marc and his wife Angie and their three daughters, Quinn, Lena and Annora. I love inspiring people through communicating, blogging, and coaching. I enjoy writing, running, and reading. I'm a fan of the Double E, Bruins, Celtics, Red Sox and Pats. Follow me on Twitter @bobjones49ers

3 Comments

  • adena lowry says:

    Sometimes courage is a single small voice saying, “I’ll try again today.”

  • Julie MacKenzie says:

    Another great blog Pastor Bob. I love #11…I don’t take life too seriously…always find time to laugh….or sometimes you would just cry at life’s situations. Plus, it’s a good core workout…if you find someone who will laugh with you. (Even better!) Thank you for sharing ….Definitely things to keep in mind. I follow most all of these points….a good thing to strive for. It certainly works for me.

  • Mark Hazzard says:

    Number 10 stands out to me. People are precious!

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