Sunday, October 19, 2008

More than yesterday

Pin It It has been an eventful past few days.

I feel I need to write this entry for all of those who do not feel that they are who they should be—those people who feel that they are not living up to the expectations of their families, their God, their workplace, themselves…

I used to go to the gym back one upon a time ago. I remember being pretty devoted for quite a while. I’d be up at 5:00 A.M. and would get in a session before work nearly every day—there were also days I’d go back to the gym after work and hit the treadmills or stair-steppers.

Like I said, that was once upon a time ago.

I suddenly stopped going. Life got busy, and I found myself pressed for time—time which I did not have.

It was several weeks before I was finally able to make it back to the gym—and this was only for a short 15-minute visit.

I was berating myself for not having stayed longer, and for just how terribly I was doing. Later, when I was with a friend, we were having a discussion and I mentioned to her how I just wasn’t doing as well as I should in regards to the gym.

My friend looked at me and said, “Well, you’re doing a lot more than you were yesterday, which was nothing.”

These words have stuck with me throughout the past few years, and I find them reverberating in my head—quite often to be honest.

There are times in all our lives when we find ourselves lacking in one or more areas. Perhaps we aren’t eating quite as healthy as we should be, perhaps we are feeling that we aren’t spending as much time as we should with our families, maybe we’re disappointed with ourselves because of our seemingly-lowered spiritual levels, or maybe we didn’t complete that project which has been begging for our attention for quite some time.

Always know that tomorrow is yet another day—a day without mistakes in it. I’m not saying to only live for tomorrow, but instead know that it is a new start. By doing just a bit more than we already are—even just a little bit—is doing more than we’re doing now…just remember to take it bit by bit and don’t let discouragement overwhelm you.

A wise man once said that it is by doing little things that great things will ultimately come about.

By eating one less cookie than you normally would have, by putting away just one stack of papers, by walking for one song on your iPod...all of these things are milestones in the sense that they are all perhaps more than you were previously doing.


Danielle said...

Thanks, I seriously needed that!

Kris said...

Like Danny I needed that also! I try every day to take one step at a time. Eat better, gym, and be a little less stressed. Of course the last one has it's ups and downs. I have lost 10 lbs. and hopefully by Dec. when I go back to the Dr. I'll have my #s down. I think If we encourage each other like your friend did, in her own little way, we can have courage to do more each day.

annette said...

So true. I have to constantly remind myself that I can't do it all, nor can I do it all well, and it's OKAY.

cari said...

I struggle with this constantly. I hate how well the adversary is at making me feel like a disappointment. This post was a reminder to not let him get to me. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

That hit me like a ton of bricks! Thanks for making me feel better!

Panama Jones said...

It's so true. Starting is half the battle.

shoezimm said...

I think every one of us can honestly say that we have felt like this a time or two (or more!) in our lives. Like Cari said....the adversary is very good at making us feel like we are not living up to our full potential, but we are also our own worse enemies because not only do we listen to that dark voice but we often start building on that rotten foundation, erecting monuments of self doubt, worthlessness and fear. Thanks for putting it into such a wonderful perspective. Funny, but I was thinking about that LM Montgomery quote the other day in church.

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