Watch the news….or on second thought, don’t. It’s bad. Putin is being passive aggressive, North Korea is building nukes, Kim Kardashian ate a Pretzel. (Not sure what is the worst in the list).
I daylight as a High School business teacher and coach. I work with teenagers every day. I work with 14 year olds just trying to fit in and I work with 18 year olds trying to find their way out of the building (which is really soon if they pass their classes!).
The thing I find about teenagers is (and is no shock) is that they really don’t think “down the road.” They think about tonight and maybe next week, but there is no long-term vision. Now, if they had one, it may change weekly.
Teens and even college students just don’t stop enough to really evaluate their lives. “Am I studying something I will use in the future?” “Am I dating someone I would like to marry?” “What is my 5 year plan?”
Even more than that, they don’t stop and think about what their lasting legacy will be. I have an acquaintance that is a former college athlete that saw his brother tragically die in a car wreck some years ago. Having that “opportunity” changed the entire trajectory of his life.
In reality, this isn’t just a teenage problem is it? I’m just going to leave this video here and let you watch it. Powerful stuff. Allow this “opportunity” to change you today.
Often times people will say “Man, what a great day!” or “Wow, that was a rough day.” What percentage of those days was a result of something bad happening to them, and what percentage of it was a decision they made when they woke up in the morning.
Life is tough. People are cruel. Things don’t go according to plans. Life isn’t fair…..All true statements. However, what if we decided that today was going to be a good day? What if that was our mission? Could anyone stop us?
I would argue it would be pretty difficult. Sometimes things happen that are going to make for a bad day. That’s a fact. I do think though that you can make a higher percentage of your days positive.
People like to bust out the quote “Life is 10% what you make, and 90% how you take it. What if we decided we were going to have a good day despite our circumstances, the negative co-worker, the memo we received, or the new guidelines that need to be implemented. OR….the inlaws are coming over for Thanksgiving dinner. 🙂
Homework for today (or tomorrow if it is already too late): Be the most positive person you see the entire day. Get plenty of sleep, get up before your alarm and have everything ready to go. Look sharp. Set your mind to conquer….let me know how it turns out.
Remember that game you would play, or maybe someone plays on you where they just ask “why?” They just kept asking it. Over and over again. It really does beg the questions: Why are you reading this now? Why did you get out of bed this morning? Why do you work where you do? Why did you marry who you did?
Maybe you have a great answer to all of these questions, or maybe it has been awhile since you thought about it. I know I needed to think about it.
Why should I get up in the morning? To serve others, to make a difference, and ultimately to worship God in my daily life. Do i live in that reality? Not enough,
Why do I work where I do? If I couldn’t answer that question I don’t think I could keep doing what I’m doing.
Aristotle said something to the effect of: “the unexamined life isn’t worth living.” If you are going through the motions or taking things for granted, you might ought get off that track. Life is too short and has way too much importance to stay there.
Homework:Use this thought to guide your decision making today. Ask yourself why. Let that bring focus, passion, and intensity to your life.