A Fresh Start… Every morning…
The new year may present itself as a blank page… In fact, much of what we think about the new year has something to do with “turning a new leaf”, starting afresh, new resolve with accompanying resolutions, new goals…
Whatever and however you think to describe it, any new year has the same anticipation of possibility and the same fulfillment of failure, just like the fresh look at a new day.
Yet, if you turn back a page what will you see?
I suspect your page will look like my page – unfinished tasks, yesterdays resolutions barely started much less finished, and goals that were never met. Whoa! There’s a huge laundry list of things that need to be completed.
What makes any day different than the previous… Any week? Month? Year? Decade?
I know many who purpose to do something that requires a daily commitment, say, lose weight, read the bible through completely, eat better, work smarter instead of harder, invest more wisely, chose friends better, etc. They fill up their blank page with the tasks, find some satisfaction activating their plan and then generally never look at it again – at least until the ending of the next time period.
So, how do I grab this concept of taking a new leaf of a page and making it mine. Two extremely well thought of leaders in the Bible gives me a hint of what it takes to be successful.
King David, a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22), made this declaration that is simply amazing considering his role at the heart of God’s people.
One thing I have desired of the LORD, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD, And to inquire in His temple. (Psalms 27:4 NKJV)
With all the responsibilities on his plate, he began his thought with putting God first. Truly, nothing else matters if we continue to put others and ourselves first and God shows up somewhere down the list. Why not begin your daily list with him at the top and then manage your work under his watchful eye?
Then, the Apostle Paul writes to a church that existed, Philippi, in the foremost city of the area called Macedonia.
Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13-14 NKJV)
Regardless of their success or failures, each of these leaders had a single minded approach to their life. True, they had many irons in the fire, but if they could collapse everything down to a single thought, a “one thing” to share, maybe even “last will and testament” quote – perhaps they would use these scriptures to present their feelings.
One Thing. Their goal. Focus. Direction.
This is what I want to share with you today.
Face ONE THING at a time, SUCCESSFULLY accomplish it, then TACKLE the next item.
It is said that it takes 21 days to make a habit, but you can destroy your success (reputation) with one stroke of a negative post, one action in a moment of distraction, or even a harsh response to someone who needs a well spoken word of kindness.
Destruction happens quicker than construction.
Consider that it took years of planning and building for the King Dome (in Seattle) to open it’s doors. 30 days of strategic planning and placing of explosions brings it down in less than 60 seconds.
You can more quickly undo a relationship, your finances, your success on the job, your commitment to God and your church, than you can in building it up to begin with.
So, let’s address each day a little differently. Make your list. Prioritize it. Select the first item. Tackle it with gusto and relish in the victory when the resolution has been resolved. Then, and only then, chose the next item and repeat the process.
If the truth be known, this is probably the only way any of us will successfully accomplish our goals!