Day by Day

I desire to pattern my life after my Savior, but the task seems so ambitious for me, a mere mortal, that I do not know how to begin.

How do I maintain such a goal? Only by living it out day by day.

Acts 22:10
10  I said, ’What shall I do, Lord?’ The Lord answered, ’Get up and go to Damascus. There you will be told about all the things I have planned for you to do.’

The unfolding day no longer belongs to us alone in either our plans or actions if He wills it.

Elizabeth Fry was the Angel of Prisons for prison reform in England.

            When she awoke, she asked herself: How may I best serve my Lord today?”

            Before she slept, she prayed: “It is finished today, Lord. Use it for your glory.”

            She never worried about the things done/undone: “They are His now.”

            She refused what she called the bondage of what has not been done.

            Her motto: “Lord, if I may, I will serve you another day.”

Colossians 3:23
23  In all the work you are doing, work the best you can. Work as if you were doing it for the Lord, not for people.

Every day is a divine adventure marked by divine appointments. All that remains for us is to recognize them.

Faithfulness isn’t a solitary act or day but a living obedience in the same direction. Some would call it zeal.

Zeal: a burning desire to please God, to do His will and advance His glory in every possible way. Zeal is seen not shone, never for vainglory.

J.C. Ryle spoke of such people:

A zealous Chistian is preeminently a person of one thing. It is not enough to say that they are earnest, strong, uncompromising, meticulous, wholehearted, and fervent in spirit. They see only one thing, they care for only one thing, they live for one thing, they are swallowed up in one thing; And that one thing is to please God. Whether they live or die, whether they are healthy or sick, whether they are rich or poor, whether they please man or give offense, or foolish, whether they are accused or praised; for all this the zealous person cares nothing at all.

They have a passion for one thing, and that one thing is to please God and to advance God’s glory. If they are consumed in the very burning of their passion for God, they don’t care; they are content. They feel that, like a candle, they were made to burn; and if they are consumed in the burning, then they have only done the work for which God has called them. Such a person will always find a place for their zeal.

I cannot recall the movie, but I remember the actor Jack Palance being asked what life was about and he held up one finger and said, “One thing and know what that one this is!”

Study the scriptures for the phrase one thing and your beautiful and biblical call to a life of principle priority and purpose. I will let the scripture speak for themselves.

Psalm 27:4  One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek; that I may dwell in the House of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.

Psalm 56:9  This one thing I know: God is for me!

Mark 10:21  One thing you lack. Go, sell everything you have and give it to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.

Luke 10:42  One thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.

John 9:25  One thing I do know, I was blind but now I see!

Philippians 3:13-14  One thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 1:27  Just one thing : live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.

There is a truth that was told to me decades ago that I still hold to this day. It is the promise of God that my best work is yet to come but it will only be found in the day that I am living it.

Remember: we can only see as far as the light is shining. Don’t fall into what they call the tomorrow trap.

The scriptures know this malady well:

Proverbs 27:1  Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.

James 4:13-15  Listen, you who say, today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money. Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, if the Lord wills it, we will live and do this or that.

Matthew 6:34  Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

I believe it was Ralph Waldo Emerson who said that you must put a solid wall of sleep between today and tomorrow.

The psalmist knew that you never waken to a day unplanned by heaven or unattended by the Lord.

Psalm 139:16-18
16  You saw my body as it was formed. All the days planned for me were written in your book before I was one day old. 17  God, your thoughts are precious to me. They are so many! 18  If I could count them, they would be more than all the grains of sand. When I wake up, I am still with you.

I love Deuteronomy 33:25

Deuteronomy 33:25
25  Your sandals shall be iron and bronze; As your days, so shall your strength be.

John Maxwell said it well: There are only a handful of critical decisions you make in a lifetime. (following Christ, being honest, choosing a spouse, being faithful, having a child, obedience) After that, you are managing those decisions day by day.

Most people exaggerate yesterday, overestimate tomorrow and so they cannot manage today.

Too many bear loads they need not bear because God’s gives them only the grace and strength for one day. “As your days, so shall your strength be.”

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