DAY 20: BE INTENTIONAL

November 20, 2014 at 10:44 AM Leave a comment


LIVE LIKE YOU MEAN IT!

LESSONS LEARNED WHILE WAITING TO LIVE…

 

DON’T: 

Let this day slip through your fingers

DO: 

Give this moment your FULL attention!

 

Have you ever noticed that some days seem to evaporate before your very eyes, while others feel weightier and more satisfying?

Yet no matter how our day goes…the clock keeps moving forward at the rate of 60 seconds a minute, 60 minutes an hour, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

As the saying goes, “Time waits for no man.”

This isn’t exactly great news. Especially when most of our days don’t turn out anywhere near perfect. Like a baseball player caught off guard by a tough pitch, we tend to think: “Hey, I wasn’t ready. I need a do-over!”

 Yet that last moment is gone forever.

TICK-tock, TICK-tock, TICK-tock…

Again, not great news.

Yet here on planet earth, that’s how it works.

Even if we get a do-over, we’ll never get that particular moment back again: NEVER. Pondering that idea for even five minutes is enough to discourage the most sanguine of optimists!

So where’s the answer? Is there any hope?

I believe there is. Because just as constant as the “tick-tick-tick” of the clock is another abiding truth.

Our very next moment is always up for grabs! 

It’s a gift just waiting for us. Unspoiled. Mistake-free. And available in fresh supply at the rate of one per second for as long as we live in this time-bound world.

Each new moment gives us a chance to…adjust an attitude, make a healthy choice, say a kind word, face that fear, pray that prayer, do the next right thing.

And amazingly, those little choices tend to snowball like seconds on a clock…one after the other, after the other. Why? Because inertia works backwards too. A dollar wasted can lead to ruin…yet a penny saved is a penny earned! So those small choices add up over time, giving us the chance to make increasingly better choices – every single day.

Time is not our friend…yet thankfully God is.  He has worked His mercy into even the dailyness of life, which we are free to grab hold of at any moment – if only we have eyes to see.

“But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called ‘Today'” HEBREWS 3:13

 

CHALLENGING TRUTH: 

Today’s 24 hours will be GONE tomorrow

HAPPY TRUTH: 

Each moment is a fresh chance to be INTENTIONAL!

 

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KIM ALDRICH

Writer... speaker..."growing edge" seeker

ABOUT ME

Each new day offers a fresh opportunity to learn or languish, stagnate or grow. Like all sincere Christians, I face the ongoing challenge of finding THE GROWING EDGE.

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WORDS TO GROW BY

TEN WAYS TO LOVE

1. LISTEN without interrupting
(Proverbs 1:8)

2. SPEAK without accusing
(James 1:19)

3. GIVE without sparing
(Proverbs 21:26)

4. PRAY without ceasing
(Colossians 1:9)

5. ANSWER without arguing
(Proverbs 17:1)

6. SHARE without pretending
(Ephesians 4:15)

7. ENJOY without complaint
(Philippians 2:14)

8. TRUST without wavering
(I Corinthians 13:7)

9. FORGIVE without punishing
(Colossians 3:13)

10. PROMISE without forgetting
(Proverbs 13:12)

2014 NaBloPoMo!

NaBloPoMo November 2014

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