“This is the day the LORD has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.” – Psalm 18.24 (NLT)
Today is a very powerful day. It is the only day that we actually have the ability to make a difference and create changes. Today is the landscape for which the colors of our free will can move across the pages of our lives. We can learn from yesterday, but we can’t change it. We can set goals for tomorrow, but we can’t touch it. But today we can change and touch!
The only frustrating thing about today is that we rarely see the full picture created by our actions. It isn’t until a bunch of days of action blend into the next that we can stand back and see what our efforts have displayed. Will we be pleased or shocked by the results? I keep that in mind when I establish my today–I want my future self to be pleased with my current actions that are seeding and growing my life.
As I train for my bodybuilding competition, I can sometimes get discouraged. I can’t see the full picture of what I’m trying to create in my body. I know I’m lifting heavy, I’m doing cardio and I’m monitoring my macronutrients or macros (the grams of protein, carbs and fats that I eat), but my progress seems so slow, and I feel so far away from my goal. And I wonder if I’ll accomplish the picture that I have envisioned.
“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” – Philippians 1.6 (NLT)
However, I know that today is like a single paint stroke–and no matter how small it is, I can use it to reach a little further to my desired design. Some days I do mess up, and I eat too many carbs or I don’t lift as heavy as I wanted, but I believe those little marks give my artistic expression more of a lifelike feel. No one will be perfect, and it is the faults of our humanity that highlight the beauty of God’s perfection.
As I work toward my bodybuilding goals, I’m reminded of all the other goals that I have set in my life: I want to be a great wife, mom and writer. I want my relationship with Christ to continue to mature each day. And I want to bring as many people to heaven with me as possible. These are my goals, and many times I don’t see the full results of my daily actions, sacrifices and efforts, and I wonder if I’m truly making a difference.
But if I group a bunch of yesterdays together, I do see a beautiful picture forming in the collected small movements of my life. And when I keep my eyes on heaven–when Jesus will say, “Well done my good and faithful servant,” before the throne of God–I’m encouraged to keep running my race strong. Even when I trip and fall, I can get back up again, knowing that my small mess-ups are a part of a life fully lived.
“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!'” – Matthew 25.23 (NIV)
So each today holds power for the complete picture of my life that God is unfolding. All my yesterdays have made me stronger and all my tomorrows are still ripe with opportunity. I’m leaning on the Holy Spirit to guide my today because only He knows what it yet to come. He has access to the most brilliant colors, and He wants me to apply them to my masterpiece. I won’t get discouraged; rather, I will embrace each today with the passion of heaven, knowing that my Christ-covered work is pleasing to the Father.
“But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.” – John 16.13 (NIV)