We have all heard the phrase, “Live one day at a time.”
I don’t know about you, but I sometimes struggle to live this way. When there is something on the calendar that requires my preparation or leadership, half of my mind wants to remain preoccupied with the future. I have difficulty focusing fully on the task in front of me today, responding to nudges from the Spirit of God, and doing…
Each. Next. Thing.
Sure, days pass by even when I live them poorly, but can’t seem to give anything my full attention,
- no task,
- no prayer, and
- no person.
That is a problem.
After all, what makes a week lived well?
- A string of 7 good days.
What makes a month lived well?
- A string of 4 good weeks.
A year lived well?
- A string of 12 good months.
You get the idea.
I have some important deadlines coming up in March that threaten to keep me mentally preoccupied until St. Patrick’s day. To combat my common struggle, I often revert to a prayer practice that helps set my mind on “things above.” Doing so makes me less inclined to become entangled in the details of the calendar.
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. (Colossians 3:2)
This practice helps me remember
I only have the minute I am living in. I am not promised the next one.
Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring. (Proverbs 27:1)
Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. (James 4:14)
This prayer helps me stay in today:
Good morning, Lord.
Thank you for January 24, 2021.
I have never lived this day before and never will again. May I live it well and glorify your name. May I live in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ (Philippians 1:22)
Give us this day our daily bread. Provide all we need mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually as we invite you to be our sustenance. Infiltrate all aspects of the day (you can list items on your to-do list), all relationships (can list people on your mind) and all concerns and worries (can list anything not yet named).
Thank you for the privilege of having the truth of the gospel on my tongue! Such grace. May I speak readily and gently in ways that reflect how amazing you are. (1 Peter 3:16)
When I lay head down tonight, may you smile because I lived this gift of a day well for Your Kingdom, not mine.
In Jesus’ name,
Picture Explanation: She woke up January 21 and was never promised January 22. We will miss you, Carol. Thank you for the reminder to live each day well.
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