Hello Folks, welcome to me first post. I’ve tossed around the idea of a blog for a while now. I’ve always had ideas, but never really given much time to them. Well at last, to your supreme glee and satisfaction, I have started a blog!
I wanted to spend some time writing about what it means to me to take life one day at a time. The phrase might already be familiar to you. Maybe you’ve heard it or it’s something you’re already doing. To me, it’s something my Dad taught me and something I attempt to do every day, with different levels of intensity and commitment. Taking life one day at a time simply means that you live life to get through today because you are not promised tomorrow. It’s not that you don’t plan or that you live carelessly and indulgently because of tomorrow’s uncertainty, but that you don’t worry about tomorrow for tomorrow has enough worries of its own. (Matthew 6:34) It’s a way of thinking, a way of taking life and dealing with it. Let’s say you’re a recovering alcoholic and you are trying to set a goal for yourself. Sometimes the thought of making through a month or a year is overwhelming. You need to take it one day at a time. You ask God for the strength to make it through this day and you focus on this day. Don’t worry about how you might struggle tomorrow or the challenges of the next day. Take life one day at a time. Maybe you struggle with communing with God on a regular basis. Maybe you struggle with getting into the Bible or perhaps your struggle with anger or profanity or lying or stealing. Maybe you struggle with the mirror. Perhaps you hate your outer appearance, or perhaps you even hate your inner self. Maybe you can’t stop being sarcastic or pessimistic or self-defeating. Maybe you struggle with an addition to pornography, drugs, sex, cutting or violence. There’s a laundry list of things we as fallible humans face. Every one of these things can be taken one day at a time. You might fail tomorrow. You might fall flat on your face. Your only worry is that you make it through this day, hour, minute or second. God has enough strength to bring you through it all. It’s when you admit your weakness and need for Him- that’s when you find new strength. Don’t say to yourself, “Well, I think I can do (or not do) this for a week, but I can’t make it any longer than that.” Don’t think like that, don’t worry about that. You are struggling on your own strength. Ask God to bring you through this day and when you make it, thank Him, go to sleep and wake up the next day and do it all over again.
I struggle with keeping this mindset everyday, but I think it’s something that will help me in my walk through life and my walk with God.