Choices Challenge #7: Making the Choice to be Great for Today

Yesterdays challenge is still working itself out in me. It was quite the task to take a good look at ME and honestly tear myself apart to look at the ugly parts that may be hindering me. I am still compiling my list. I just keep praying and going back to the pen. Though this was a tough one, I am totally convinced that this kind of process is where God can do some of His best work. When we are vulnerable and willing to allow Him to search our hearts as we walk with Him through the process.

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After constructing the beginnings of my list I came across a thought regarding how we walk through our days. Generally, as we are making an effort to complete the days tasks some of us are already thinking about what has to be done tomorrow. Our brains have already made plans for vacations, games, dreams, appointments, meetings, etc. We have the future all planned out and ready to roll. Though it is wise to plan, it’s not productive to spend our days living in the “Tomorrow”. “Don’t brag about tomorrow, since you don’t know what the day will bring” Proverbs 27:1. Living today on autopilot while we focus on what’s coming next can be detrimental for the present because our present day doesn’t receive the focus needed to achieve its possible heights . I am so very guilty of this. I can be cooking pancakes and I’m already folding clothes in my head. I can be teaching my kids and already thinking about what we are going to be studying tomorrow. Talk about anxiety. My head feels like it’s going to explode sometimes. But guess what, I only have myself to blame. If I would just slowdown and be great in the moment, if and when the next event comes along, I can focus on being great in that moment.

For this reason, today’s challenge is “Making the Choice to Be Great for Today”. In this challenge we are going to slow down and take ourselves off of autopilot. I know this seems like an impossible feet for someone who is type A personality, but I think we can do this together for at least one day. Today we are going to live in today so that we can be GREAT FOR TODAY, while we let tomorrow worry about itself. “How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like a fog – it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. What you ought to say is, ‘If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.'” James 4:14-15. We can only be sure of the present moments that we are living in. The rest is not promised. But what is promised is that we can trust God. He will ensure that if we love him that our today will work our for the good of our tomorrow (“All things work together for the good….”Romans 8:28). He knows all that we need and has our best interest at heart. We can rest in today because our tomorrow is covered. Whether we see it or not. Remembering who actually plans and holds our tomorrow, will help us to relax and enjoy the NOW.

So let’s be Great today as we serve our best today, enjoy company today, love those around us today, fold laundry our best today, teach our kids our best today, spend time with God with our best heart today, be present in our own bodies today and accomplish what’s on our plates for today. Making a list for tomorrow and leave the worry on the paper.Β  Good Luck friends!!!

-J.E.Berry

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