Friday, June 18, 2021

One Year From Today...


BySarah Geringer 

So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.

Ephesians 5:15-17 NLT

Recently I saw a powerful quote on Instagram that said, "One year from today, what will you regret not starting today?" This quote stopped me in my tracks. 

What instantly came to your mind when you considered that quote? I wonder if it's a call to more intentional living God wants you to take over the course of the next year.

For me, the answer was immediate: exercise. In my 40's, I'm on a quest to become healthier and stronger, not necessarily thinner. I'm learning to accept the slow changes of aging, and I'm committed to be kind to myself in this journey. But I know one thing for sure: unless I exercise regularly, I will most certainly regret it by this time next year.

Is your immediate answer a practical change like mine? Maybe it's another practical area of improvement, like eating healthier, spending less and saving more, or starting a new course of education. There are thousands of choices we can make for self-improvement, and daily changes now will produce great results in 365 days.

I pray you will also consider making a relational change. There are so many people longing for attention, affirmation and friendship. By calling or texting someone daily, or reaching out to someone new each week, you could totally transform your relationships for the better. Not only will you be blessed, but you will bless others.

I also challenge you, as I challenge myself, to make a spiritual change today for greater benefits next year. Years ago, I purchased a One Year Bible to read through the entire Bible in one year, and nothing else has changed my life more. If you're already reading the Bible, you can try writing out verses every day, or keeping a daily prayer journal. One change now will reap benefits not only in the year to come, but for eternity.

Each day, I meditate on God's Word for greater focus and peace. Perhaps these three short verses above can serve as powerful motivators for intentional living in the next year. Write them out, post them in clear places, and think about them deeply. A year of meditating on God's Word will help you avoid regret and choose the abundant life God promises you.

Read another encouraging post about intentional living HERE.

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