October 5, 2009

Today I Will Make a Difference

They shared this at church recently, and I loved it so much I thought I'd share it here, too.

"Today I Will Make a Difference" by Max Lucado

Today I will make a difference. I will begin by controlling my thoughts. A person is the product of his thoughts. I want to be happy and hopeful. Therefore, I will have thoughts that are happy and hopeful. I refuse to be victimized by my circumstances. I will not let petty inconveniences such as stoplights, long lines and traffic jams be my masters. I will avoid negativism and gossip. Optimism will be my companion, and victory will be my hallmark. Today, I will make a difference.

I will be grateful for the twenty-four hours that are before me. Time is a precious commodity. I refuse to allow what little time I have to be contaminated by self pity, anxiety or boredom. I will face this day with the joy of a child and the courage of a giant. I will drink each minute as though it is my last. When tomorrow comes, today will be gone forever. While it is here, I will use it for loving and giving. Today, I will make a difference.

I will not let past failures haunt me. Even though my life is scarred with mistakes, I refuse to rummage through my trash heap of failures. I will admit them. I will correct them. I will press on...victoriously. No failure is fatal. It's okay to stumble...I will get up. It's okay to fail...I will rise again. Today, I will make a difference.

I will spend time with those I love. My spouse, my children, my family. A man can own the world but be poor for the lack of love. A man can own nothing and yet be wealthy in relationships. Today, I will spend at least five minutes with the people who are significant in my world. Five quality minutes of talking or hugging or thanking or listening. Five undiluted minutes with my mate, children, friends. Today, I will make a difference.


  1. I like that so much and have definitley been needing to hear that! being thankful for the gift of today!

    Thanks for the bedding comment we got it for $40 at Walmart heck yeah! it wasn't what i envisioned her room being i had this whole pink and green set up in my mind but money issues came and we went with this i really love it except the crib didn't have a matching changer and its sdo hard to match woods so i think we will just go with white!

  2. Its just too too good! All of us need to learn from this!

  3. Oh, how we love Max! (Our new boy kitty is even named Max.) Just beautiful.

    P.S. Hope you are 100% better now.

  4. Good word. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Thanks, Sarah - sometimes we all just need a little reminder about what's important! :)

  6. Wonderful message! Thank for sharing that...we get caught up in things of the world so easily, and constantly need reminding of what, and who, is important. This message would be a good one to print and tape to the mirror for a daily reading before starting the day.

    God bless,

  7. Thank you for that! I definitely need undiluted, quality minutes!

  8. Thanks for this posting! I definitely needed to hear this today.

    Lisa :)

  9. I forgot to add, I hope that you will join in on my giveaway! It ends on Friday.

    Lisa :)

  10. I love this! Thanks for sharing it with all of us!

    Margaret Ann

  11. I couldn't agree more. Attitude is everything.

  12. Absolutely wonderful! I have been guilty many times of brooding over past failures.

  13. What a perfect way to start my morning. Thanks for that! :)

  14. This is great! I know I will come back to this post! How uplifting!

  15. Thank you for sharing! So inspirational!

  16. Thanks for sharing!

    I'm hosting a giveaway this week.. be sure to check it out!



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