I came across this quote by Max Lucado recently, and I thought it might be an appropriate thought to keep in mind for Monday, everyone’s favorite day of the week. It’s all too easy to get so caught up in our lives that we forget to be thankful for the blessings we have, the beautiful days that God gives us, and the fact that every day is a new beginning. Yes, we all make mistakes and we all have things that we fear, but life is far too short to dwell on what could have been. Instead, dream about what could be, write down all the blessings you’ve been given and read it every day, and strive to live your life as Jesus told us to. Today, make a difference.
“Today I will make a difference. I will begin by controlling my thoughts. A person is the product of his/her thoughts. I want to be happy and hopeful. Therefore, I will have thoughts that are happy and hopeful. I refused to be victimized by my circumstances. I will not let petty inconveniences such as stoplights, long lines, and traffic jams be my masters. I will avoid negativism and gossip. Optimism will be my companion, and victory will be my hallmark. Today I will make a difference.
Today I will make a difference. I will be grateful for the twenty-four hours that are before me. Time is a precious commodity. I refuse to allow what little time I have to be contaminated by self-pity, anxiety, or boredom. I will face this day with the joy of a child and the courage of a giant. I will drink each minute as though it is my last. When tomorrow comes, today will be gone forever. While it is here, I will use it for loving and giving. Today I will make a difference.
Today I will make a difference. I will not let past failures haunt me. Even though my life is scarred with mistakes, I refuse to rummage through my trash heap of failures. I will admit them. I will correct them. I will press on. Victoriously. No failure is fatal. It's OK to stumble. I will get up. It's OK to fail. I will rise again. Today I will make a difference.
Today I will make a difference. I will spend time with those I love. My spouse, my children, my family. A person can own the world but be poor for the lack of love. A person can own nothing and yet be wealthy in relationships. Today I will spend at least five minutes with the significant people in my world. Five quality minutes of talking or hugging or thanking or listening. Five undiluted minutes with my mate, children, and friends. Today I will make a difference.”
- Max Lucado, ON THE ANVIL