Thursday, October 6, 2011

Getting THIS Day Right


Suppose you have a goal that seems forever out of reach. The vision of it achieved is perfectly motivating but you’ve failed so many times on embarking you’ve lost faith you’ll ever do it (again). You’re not alone. And, in fact, you’re only one day from success.


The fact of the matter is more people achieve their goals using a one-day-at-a-time approach than we might suppose. Other than the Firm Foundation—God—it’s the strength behind the 12-Step Program.


Just One Day


Just one day is all it takes,


Putting paid—somewhat—to a life of mistakes,


Instead we stand to simply achieve,


Now, for this moment, we must believe.


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The one-day-at-a-time approach is so simple, and yet powerful, there is a ninety-nine percent chance that everyone will miss the miracle in it before they give it a fair chance in the application.


The miracle can only be experienced. Therefore it must be applied.


We get one day right and, before we pat ourselves on the back too much, we get ready for the next ‘one day’ allotment of time. We get just one day; we get it right; then, we start again.


What might sound depressing, so far as never looking forward more than one day, is actually far from it, in the living of it. It’s a relative freedom to only have one day to conquer.


Breaking One Day Down Even Further


Like some cities over the earth, those that have all their seasons in the one day, we too can have moods resembling the warmth of joy at summer, loss in autumn, disconsolation in winter, and fresh hopefulness in spring. Yes, all in one day.


It’s easy to forget, through these seasons that arrange themselves without warning, that God underpins all of it—the Underwriter of our hope is always there.


Getting this day right requires the reordering of sequential moments such that the low ones don’t carrier us over the precipice into an abyss in one moment of deception.


One-day-at-a-time is successfully deployed when we live life one moment at a time, patiently bearing each moment, warding against tiredness, resolving indecision and frustration, and watchful for complacent variance in our mental approach.


God’s There With Us


This is something we daren’t forget. When things go awry, we go with God, retreating into our prayer closets so the Lord can sort us out. Realistically, these moments may last only minutes or an hour, tops. But our response is critical. Weakening is to depart from God, whilst burrowing into prayer is drawing into Strength.


Let’s never forget, God is there as promised through every living moment.


As we get this day right we are reminded that achieving our goals, one-day-at-a-time, is easily achievable if we stay the day in simple principles devised in God’s inimitable strength.


© 2011 S. J. Wickham.



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