The most important day you will ever experience is today.
I served a family in officiating a celebration of their 31 year-old son’s life. He went to sleep one night and never woke up. I met his mom, dad and sisters for the first time a few days after his death to plan the memorial.
There was an instant bond between us. Their son was the same age as our youngest son – both were elite athletes and cherished by their family and friends.
I prepared for the service as a parent first and then as a pastor.
Darryl’s parents and sisters would give pretty much anything for even one more day on earth with him.
Many of us look at our days in the wrong way: We exaggerate yesterday’s influences. We overestimate tomorrow’s promise. We underestimate today.
What are you doing today?
7 Things I Do Daily That Make My Days Count
1. Show and tell Jocelyn that I love her – many times.
2. Text, call, tweet, FB, Instagram or email our kids and grandkids a loving note of humor, encouragement, insight or just an “I love you. Proud of you.”
3. Write at least one thank you note, text or send one thank you e-mail everyday to my friends and teammates.
4. Return my phone calls within 12 hours.
5. Read my Bible. Think, journal and pray about what I read.
6. Remind myself to stay positive – be a good finder – to keep short accounts by forgiving and moving on.
7. See the big picture – long-term goals see me through short-term setbacks. I remind myself to live in the light of eternity.
The Value of Time
How you spend your day is much more important than how you spend your money. Money mistakes can often be corrected, but when you lose time, it’s gone forever.
Your priorities determine how you spend your time, and time is precious.
The following statements will help you put time in perspective:
To know the value of one year… ask the student who failed the final exam.
To know the value of one month… ask the mother of a premature baby.
To know the value of one week… ask the editor of a weekly news magazine.
To know the value of one day… ask the wage earner who has six children.
To know the value of one hour… ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.
To know the value of one minute… ask the person who missed the plane.
To know the value of one second… ask the person who survived the accident.
To know the value of one millisecond… ask the Olympic silver medalist.
John C. Maxwell
I’ve long been inspired by Dale Witherington’s ode to “Today”.
Yesterday, Tomorrow, Today
Today is the most important day of my life.
Yesterday with its successes and victories, struggles and failures
is gone forever.
The past is past.
I cannot relive it. I cannot go back and change it.
But I will learn from it and improve my today.
Tomorrow with all its joys and sorrows, triumphs and troubles isn’t here yet.
Indeed, tomorrow may never come.
Therefore, I will not worry about tomorrow.
Today is what God has entrusted to me.
It is all that I have and I will do my best in it.
I will demonstrate the best of me in it—my character, giftedness, and abilities—to my family and friends, clients and associates.
I will identify those things that are most important to do today, and those things I will do until they are done.
And when this day is done I will look back with satisfaction at that which I have accomplished.
Then and only then will I plan my tomorrow looking to improve upon today with God’s help.
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