Each morning we are born again.
What we do today is what matters most.
What did I do yesterday? Was I a decent person? Was I kind and giving? Or was I mean and stingy and withheld the better part of me because I was feeling selfish? There is nothing I can do about yesterday. It is gone forever and can never be reclaimed. I can only do something about today.
What I do today matters because today will soon be yesterday and I don’t want to be wondering tomorrow why I wasn’t a better person today.
Of course these words are easy to write. They just flow from my head to my fingers like water and yet when it comes time to put them into action I am a miserable failure more than I am a brilliant success. I want to be kind. I want to be generous and giving and magnanimous (to use a $3 word). But – but – oh, the buts.
But I had a headache so I was grumpy. But I had to work overtime so I was rushing and didn’t speak kindly. But I had to wait in the long line of traffic so I’m not letting anybody ahead of me because if I had to wait so should you. But someone cursed me out on the phone and yes that may be my job and I have to take it from customers I don’t have to take it in my personal life and I am not going to. But the car won’t start and the bills aren’t paid and there’s no money in the bank. But, but, but.
I have all kinds of excuses for not being kind or generous or loving or giving or noble or, or, or. Excuses are easy. Overcoming them is hard work and sometimes I just don’t want to do it. I want to be mean. I want to be grumpy. I want to be unkind. I want to yell and scream. I want to be selfish.
Then somewhere along this road I come back to myself and remember God. Is God unkind? Is God mean? Is God grumpy? Is God selfish?
Or is He Loving and Kind and Compassionate and Forgiving and Just and Balanced and Accepting? He is All those things and More. And I am but one benefactor of His Grace and I must be like Him as well as I can. The spirit in me, the Divine in me, drives me to be like Him. I will never be as He Is but I am driven to try.
So each morning I am reborn. All that matters is what I do today. That I try to be kind, gentle, graceful, loving, unselfish, noble – all those things God Is, I try to be. Maybe today I will be brilliantly successful in at least one of them.