“Is tomorrow something you fear or are you excited by the thought of what it holds for you; that my friend will depend on what you do today…” — Rick Cox
When you think of tomorrow, what comes to mind? Are you excited about tomorrow or are you fearful? Unfortunately, most adults are not as excited about tomorrow as they were when they were much younger. Can you call to memory that period of time when your tomorrows couldn’t get here fast enough? I will bet it was when you were a child, teenager, or young adult. Why is that you wonder? For the most part when you were younger life was simpler. When younger, life had not as yet shown you the fact you have to pay the consequences for the actions of today. There was so much to learn as life was just opening up to you on a daily basis. You looked forward to and anticipated your tomorrows for what new things you could experience.
Your priorities and focus were different. You were into sports, girls, boys, cars or dating. There were fewer responsibilities in comparison to what one must take on as an adult therefore; you were not bogged down by all of these responsibilities and commitments. You were a free spirit because you had not yet been tainted by much of what life can throw at you in the way of pitfalls; nor had you truly become aware of the consequences of your actions or as is often the case, your lack of action. This however, is one thing you are most assuredly becoming more and more aware of each and every day. As a matter of fact, as young people, not much thought is given to the consequences of our actions unless it is going to make us look better in the eyes of our friends or classmates or to satisfy our young lust for things, etc.
As we get older, we become aware of the fact our tomorrows hold a future we know may not be so good and we believe this to be the case because we know what we did or didn’t do, yesterday or today. Now, we are in fear of tomorrow and often the fear is unbearable with debilitating apprehension. This is the antithesis of what we want for we are in fear of tomorrow instead of being in anticipation of the great things it can bring to us. With that in mind, here is the bottom line. YOU determine your future. YOU determine how your tomorrows are going to turn out. YOU are the one responsible for greeting tomorrow with fear or looking forward to it with great anticipation and hope.
All of your tomorrows are dependent on all of your todays. It is essential for you to plan for your day with tomorrow in mind. As a matter of fact, you should plan each and every day with tomorrow in mind. Jim Rohn says you should never start a day unless it has first been completed on paper. Once this is mastered, start planning your week on paper; then the month; then the year; then each year following. By doing this you reduce the fear and apprehension while bolstering hopeful anticipation.
You are where you are today because of what you did or didn’t do yesterday. So, what are you going to start doing today that will help you feel better about tomorrow? Is it a class you need to take to sharpen your skills? Is it a language you want or need to learn to better your stance in the market place? Are you in need of getting more done in your work day? One thing you can do is begin to think on paper; start writing down what you want to accomplish then go get it done. Doing something positive today will bring about positive results in all of your tomorrows. Doing something positive today will remove the fear and anxiety that grips your heart and will put in its place a spirit of peace and harmony, which will cause you to look forward to tomorrow.
One thing you can do is what Moses did. He asked God to help him to number his days that he might apply his heart unto wisdom…Psalm 90:12. By taking a different look at life he came to the realization that tomorrow would only be the result of what he did today, no more and no less. So what did he mean by numbering his days?
It might best be explained by Robert D Smith, who wrote a book by the name of, 20,000 Days and Counting. When Robert was midway through his 54th year of living on this planet, he came to a realization that changed his life forever. He had been alive for 20,000 days. Those 20,000 days stood for 480,000 hours or 28,800,000 minutes or 1,728,000,000 seconds. Even after all those days, hours, minutes and seconds had passed he had the overwhelming feeling he had so much more to do. He became aware of the fragility of life as well as how rapidly the time flew by.
Robert wrote the following in his book about Psalm 90:12. Life is short. Our days are numbered. Our lives are limited. Life can pass by extremely fast. Out of this he came up with FIVE BENEFITS OF REMEMBERING THAT LIFE IS SHORT.
1. I will gain critical wisdom.
a. This creates an intense sense of urgency.
b. I must desire wisdom with all my might.
2. I will be pushed to maximize my relationships.
a. Learn to fill the events in your life with people you love for time is merely the measure of passing events.
3. I will dedicate 100% of my life to God daily.
a. Counting my days compels me to spend the remaining days serving God.
b. I will be grateful for every moment, possibility and person I meet especially when I act as if I am a guest in their house and in their life.
c. The sum of what I do each day is more expansive and far reaching than is comprehendible.
4. I will possess a crystal clear vision for my life.
a. Proverbs 29:18 says people without a vision perish therefore; I will gain or obtain a vision for the purpose of my life.
b. I will face each day with my eyes wide open while I practice love in all my actions and learn to live adventurously.
c. I am creating a life book and each day is but a chapter or perhaps just a few paragraphs. I will write each sentence with an on-purpose intention. I will make my dreams possible by acting on them with open eyes of wisdom.
5. I will realize life’s true value.
a. Counting my days shows me that things of eternal value are much more important.
b. I know the quality of my life will never exceed the quality of my questions.
c. Present success or failure does not measure the true value of your life’s work.
He uses six words to keep himself motivated:
No Reserves…No Retreats…No Regrets.
Tomorrow should not be something we fear. Tomorrow should not be something for which our hearts are full of anxiety or regret. By adding even a few of the things mentioned above I believe those who look on tomorrow with apprehension, anxiety, and fear would soon find themselves excited about what tomorrow will bring.
Best of LUCK as you
Labor Under Correct Knowledge…