Do you believe that your life can get better? No matter how it’s going right now, it can get better! What you continually hear, you’ll eventually believe, so begin to tell yourself now: the rest of my life will be the best of my life!
Jesus said in John 10:10, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” He doesn’t promise a perfect or easy life, but He does say that we can have joy, even in the midst of our trials:
“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
Life gets better when you put God first. It’s time to start now. Today is all you have, so make the most of it!
Those who are planted in the house of the Lord Shall flourish in the courts of our God. Psalm 92:13
Here are three things you can do to make the most of today:
1. Own your day.
You won’t get very far in your life if you constantly make excuses instead of taking responsibility of your present day.
Your attitude and actions about your day are your own responsibility. Don’t blame others -- an annoying co-worker, the government, the economy, your spouse, etc. -- if things aren’t going your way. You won’t get very far in your life if you constantly make excuses instead of taking responsibility of your present day.
Times may be hard, and you may be in a difficult situation because of your own choices or someone else’s, but you don’t have to play the victim. You may not have control over circumstance or situation, but you need to learn how to master them or you’ll always end up being controlled by what has occurred in your past.
The most important factor in determining whether or not someone is a happy person is the outlook they choose for themselves.
Two people can look at the same situation and see it totally differently. But even if you have a negative tendency, you still have the ability to master your own outlook and change your own thoughts and words.
2. Order your day.
Order is the accurate arrangement of things. God is a God of order, and we are made in His image. When you straighten up your garage, it feels good because we have that value of “order” inside of us. When things are disordered, we can become distracted and disturbed. Order is important! If you get dressed after you get to work, you’ll have a much different result than if you get dressed before you go to work!
Order your day by making a plan to accomplish the things that matter to you. Just as a ship never picks up its anchor until it has a destination, you should have a plan for where you’re going and what your days are going to accomplish.
The first thing Dave suggests doing is spending time with the Lord. God’s Word is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path (Psalm 199:105), but it needs to go before us to light our way, just has we would always look at the map before the journey, not afterward.
Another concept Dave works into his day is to learn something new every day. If you are not learning and changing, doing things differently than you did yesterday, how will the rest of your year be different than the part that has already passed?
A third concept is to try to be generous every day. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son...” Giving is in God’s nature, and it’s part of who we are as well. Look for ways to be a blessing to others in your day.
3. Occupy your day.
Wherever you are, be all there. Don’t just watch the parade; join the parade! Don’t come to church and only watch the work God is doing in others’ lives; get involved in building God’s kingdom and being planted in God’s house.
Living a God-first life is paramount.
Living a God-first life is paramount. This means putting God first in everything - your heart, your health, your relationships, your career, your finances, etc. Dave gave an illustration of God-first finances by cutting up a pie. In order to demonstrate what happens with our finances, Dave made the pie represent a monthly paycheck. He cut pieces and put them on separate plates: mortgage/rent, insurance, transportation, utilities, school loans, entertainment. At the end, there was one plate for God, but only crumbs remained as Dave scraped them onto the plate, saying, “God, you’ve blessed me so much, I want to honor you with my finances.” The plate of crumbs was a pitiful offering.
Conversely, living with God-first finances means that God gets that first, freshly cut, piece of pie. Though only 90% of the pie remains to be divided, God can do amazingly more with that than we could have done with the 100%. Now His blessing can touch all areas of our lives like whipped cream topping poured out and running over. Wouldn’t you like God’s blessing on the 90% rather than on nothing?
Tithing is not about money, but about trust. (God doesn’t need your money because He owns everything!) Do you trust His word and His promises? Just think if we all obeyed and believed Him in this area and what the church could accomplish in our community if our members were 100% tithers!
You can get started on your successful path now by owning your day, ordering your day, and occupying your day. If you have a successful day today and do the same for the next seven, then you have a successful week. Four of those makes a successful month, and 12 of those makes a successful year - and you are well on your way to making the rest of your life the best of your life!
You can receive a free copy of Dave’s book, Planted, by texting the word “planted” to 25827.