Saturday, January 3, 2009

The Most Important Day

Most people think that the most important day of thier lives was something that happened in days gone by: The day they were born, the day they got married, the day they found that dream job. While these are certainly great days none of them can be considered the most important day. The most important day of any person's life is TODAY. Today is the only day we have within our grasp. Yesterday is gone and tomorrow is not guranteed of.

In John Maxwell's book, Today Matters, he quotes part of a poem by Dale Witherington. The poem, entitled, "The Lifebuilder's Creed" expresses the importance of today so well.

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.

Today. This moment. NOW.
It is God's gift to me and it is all that I have.

Tomorrow with all its joys and sorrows, triumphs and troubles
isn't here yet.
Ineeded, 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. 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 the 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.

Then I shall go to sleep in peace . . . content.

Just a Thought for the new year.