Monday, May 20, 2019

Make Today Your Best

By: Joanne Viola

Recently I spent time outside in our yard, weeding with my nine month old granddaughter in tow. Thankfully she was content as one could ever hope in her stroller, and enjoying seeing neighbors walk by with their dogs, the trees blowing in the wind, and eating her puffs.

But it was in watching her reaction to a dandelion that filled my own heart with wonder. First she touched the delicate puffs and then when her arms began waving it around, she smiled and laughed as the strands gently took to the air.

Life is a total adventure to this baby as she takes in everything for the first time.

My heart was full as I, too, had found adventure through the eyes of an infant, right in my own yard. Out of my deep love for this bundle of life, I wanted to see and experience the adventure right along with her.

Today will never pass this way again and tomorrow won’t look the same as today. As I spent time outside, I took in all the varied shades of green, the blueness of the sky, and the way the branches swayed in the wind. I remembered the words I had read earlier:
“This day will never come again and anyone who fails to eat and drink and taste and smell it will never have it offered to him again in all eternity. The sun will never shine as it does today … But you must play your part and sing a song, one of your best.”
(as quoted by Luci Swindoll in her book Live Life Differently)
Sometimes it takes spending time with an infant to remember to live life fully. We need our eyes and our hearts to be fully open to enjoy the present moment as the gift which God has given to us.

“This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24, NLT)

Where have you discovered adventure lately? 

May we play our part,
sing a song, and
make today our best. 



  1. This is a beautiful post, Joanne! We can learn so much from children - the joy they find in the little things and their ability to stay in the present moment. This is a great reminder to make the most of today and live it as best we can!

    1. Thank you, Lesley! I am constantly amazed at how children delight in the little things and in so doing, truly enjoy life. I want to be just like them and make today the best it can be. Blessings!

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  3. Grandchildren enlarge our vision, bring joy and life and renewed hope. You've captured it here, Joanne ... beautiful.


    1. They sure do, Linda! So grateful for the three I have been blessed with!


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