Well, have you already made your “New Year’s Resolution”? Have you been sticking to it? Did you set that huge goal, made a long list of promises and changes that you’re going to do in 2016? I started my year off like that…well, let’s just say on day 3 of this new year I started adding more pressure on myself of rituals, promises, vows, things I would do to make me a better person in 2016. I started off saying that I would do this and that and so forth, even though I knew I would eventually break most of them (if not all of them). But that’s what we do, right? We want to change and/or we want to change the world. And we know it will be hard; nevertheless, we make those gigantic promises.
Making resolutions are good, but what I’ve discovered is that I end up reneging on them. (I know, that’s just me.) I end up not doing what I promised myself, and in return I’m disappointed in myself because I failed myself, again. So, this year , I’m not making any resolutions. That’s right! I’m not making any promises that I know that in the long run, I will not be able to keep. Maybe not for you, but for me, this life is already challenging and complicated. It’s hard! So, why add more pressure on myself and put pressure on other people by making a commitment when I probably won’t be able to make good on it? Those are disappointments that I certainly don’t need.
What I’ve decided to do is simple. I’ve decided to take 2016 one day at a time. Now, I’m not saying that I won’t make plans, have a goal or a vision. That would be foolish (Prov: 29:18; Hab. 2:2). However, today, not next week or by the end of the year, but today – right now – there are some things that I can do or say that will help me be a better me. For this moment, I can choose to do something that’ll bring value to my life and to the lives of people around me. On this day, there are some things that I can achieve, now, that will have positive and lasting effects on my future. No matter how small that achievement may seem. It’s still an achievement.
We don’t know what tomorrow will bring, but we can take it one day at a time. Today, I choose to eat a healthy and well balance lunch and forgo that double meat greasy cheeseburger. Yummy! You can decide today that you’re not going to hangout with those individuals who always seem to have drama in their lives or negative conversations. On this day, you and I can make wise choices that are sure to have positive outcomes for our tomorrow.
My sister, let’s take one day at a time, living this day as it was given, a present. Today is a gift from God, and what do we do when we are given gifts and presents? We enjoy those presents and we appreciate them. So, enjoy today; enjoy your present. Live for today! Make today your best day ever, and should The Lord bless us with another present –another day– let’s appreciate and enjoy it all over again.
Live today as if tomorrow is not promised because it’s not.
Happy New Year!
“Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.”
(Matthew 6:34 MSG)