As he thinks in his heart, so is he. (Proverbs 23:7 NKJV)
To be sure, we cannot control what is going on around us most of the time. But we can control what is going in inside of us when it comes to the attitude we choose to live by. We can live with the attitude of “One Day,” which is as passive as it is unproductive:
- One Day . . . I will finish my degree.
- One Day . . . I will get that job.
- One Day . . . I will lose that weight.
- One Day . . . I will quit smoking.
- One Day . . . I will start spending less than I make.
Or we can live with the attitude of “Day One,” which is as positive as it is productive because it starts now, not in some distant, dimly imagined future:
- Today is Day One . . . of my continuing education program.
- Today is Day One . . . of my pursuit of that job I have always wanted.
- Today is Day One . . . of my weight loss program.
- Today is Day One . . . as a non-smoker.
- Today is Day One . . . of my financial savings plan.
One Day people procrastinate and put things off until tomorrow, and as we all know from painful personal experience, tomorrow never seems to come. But Day One people are proactive, putting one foot in front of the other as they make their way to their intended destination. They see obstacles as opportunities. They embrace problems as possibilities. And all of this is done in the strength of the Almighty. Day One people know that each day is a gift from God, and their gift back to God is how they live it. They know that when they spend a day, they have one less day to spend, so they spend it wisely for the glory of God.
How have you been spending the 86,400 seconds God has gifted you with each day? The Bible warns against sloth and slackness: “The way of the sluggard is blocked with thorns” (Proverbs 15:19). The Bible also commends hard work: “The hand of the diligent will rule” (Proverbs 12:24). What has your mindset been lately in both your personal and professional life? It is a choice we must make each day: Will we live with the mindset of One Day or Day One? When you really think about it, the choice is crystal clear for the child of God, because greater is the power that is at work within us than any power that can come against us.
Perhaps the best way to close out today’s word of encouragement is with a quote from The Shawshank Redemption movie: “Get busy living or get busy dying.” What is your choice today?
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!