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Don't waste today...

I've been thinking lately about the amount of time we waste being cross or annoyed or hurt by what others say or do to us or righteously indignant (I'm good at that one!) instead of filling our time with being loving and encouraging and understanding and patient and all those things that make us feel alive and at peace with God.  Why do we do it?
I don't have an answer.  Sorry!
But I AM challenged.
I'm challenged to do the opposite of what would be expected of me in certain situations.
To be quiet when I would be justifed in yelling.
To hold my tongue when I'm right instead of making my point.
To be gentle when society expects ruthlessness.
To see the good in a situation that appears to be hopeless.
To forgive when society teaches us to sue and get our own back just because it serves them right.
To hug and touch when you feel like punching!
To love....simply because God first loved us....no other reason!  Because.....

Here's a few lines I read today from my man Max :)

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 OK to stumble… . I will get up. It’s OK 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 significant people in my world. Five quality minutes of talking or hugging or thanking or listening. Five undiluted minutes with my mate, children, and friends.

Today I will make a difference.

written by Max Lucado from his book Shaped by God