Every morning that I drive to the office, I spend the first part of my drive listening to Bible chapters for that day through my phone and then depending on the day, I will turn on music. I will either flip through radio stations, turn on a CD, or key up the music on my phone. It can either be some uplifting praise and worship music, country, rock, or just a variety. This morning, I through my phone on shuffle and let it play at random. The first song that came up, is one I love that is by Rascal Flatts, called “Feels Like Today.” You may know this song. It’s been around for some time.
As I listened to this song it gave me a great uplift and I started thinking about the message in the song about being patient and persistent with going after your goals in life and eventually waking up and realizing that, maybe today is the day that I realize those goals. I’m sure many of you, as I have, has had those days where you get up and feel like nothing good can come from that day, and then other days where you just want to pop out of bed and think, now this is the day I’ve been waiting for. While we will always have those days that just are not motivating, I for one, would much rather have those days where I am up, pumped up and ready to role to get toward my goals. What about you?
Too often, people get caught up in life and a routine that fosters continuous inaction and complacency. This complacency can impact their life, their family, their work, and their spiritual growth. Dale Carnegie said, “Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” I wrote last week about the fears that we have in life. What we need in our lives is action. This build us up to know that we can accomplish anything. If we stay persistent, we can accomplish our goals and not be sucked by fear and doubt.
So, is today that day you are waiting for, or do you see a particular goal that you know you want to shoot for? You can’t stand around and wait for it to happen. If you do, that train will pass you by. In the song, “Feels Like Today,” the second verse says:
“You treat life like a picture
But its not a moment frozen in time
It’s not gonna wait
Til you make up your mind, at all…”
This verse says a lot. Life does not freeze and wait for you to decide what you want to do. You have to make that choice to get up and move forward and pursue your goals and allow yourself to come alive. In another Dale Carnegie quote, he said, “Today is life-the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today. Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto.”
You have to choose to live for today. Don’t stand to the side and let life pass by and then find yourself wondering, what in the world happened to my life. We all have a purpose in life, but we have to choose to get off of our tails and achieve that purpose. Learn from the past and apply that knowledge to the future, but always live for today. Don’t waste the gift of life that God has blessed each and everyone of us with. Make the most of it to make an impact and on this life and even to serve others. Make today that day that you decide I’m going to do what I am called here to do. I am not going to wait for life to pass by and wait for something to fall in my lap. I am going to make things happen. Begin today!!!