“It’s day one of the rest of my life
It’s day one of the best of my life
I’m marching on to the beat of a brand new drum
Yeah, here I come
The future has begun
Day one” – Matthew West “Day One.” song lyrics.
Matthew West is reminding us that today is a new day. Today is day one of the best of our life.
Psalm 118:24 tells us that “This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.”
Today is God’s gift to you. What you do with this gift is so important because today is the only day that truly belongs to you. All this means is that we miss opportunities if we are not focused on the here and now. God could be calling us to do great things today, but we are too focused on the past or looking ahead to the future, we can miss what is happening right in front of us.
Imagine waking up every single day convinced that the twenty-four hours ahead of you are a precious gift to be used wisely. Now imagine that you know exactly how to spend them to be a force for God’s good. Living in the moment requires us to be intentional. The moment that you are currently living in will not last forever. Your life, your time here on this earth, is limited. Psalm 39:4-5 says, “Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered—how fleeting my life is. You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand. My entire lifetime is just a moment to you; at best, each of us is but a breath.”
In other words, the right time is now. And yet, so many of us are living our lives with this mindset of when this happens then I will do that. “In a few months once I know people better then I will start serving in the church.” Or “when I have acquired more knowledge of scripture then I will invite my neighbors to church.” The question is what if your “when” never happens. Each day is an opportunity and we need to ask God to turn our “then” into now. The right time is now.
How, then, do we walk out unwavering joy-filled faith every day, determined to let go of the things that keep us from experiencing abundant life and fulfilling the plans God has for us? The answers are found in following the footsteps of the One who lived fully because He was determined that we might do the same.
To make the most out of today, we need to be focused on what matters: our relationship with God, our relationships with our family and our friends, and fulfilling the unique purpose for which God created us and placed us here on this earth.
- How does God show up in your life on a daily basis?
- What can you do this week to live in the moment and make the best out of each day?