21 Jan The Most Important Thing We Can Do Today
How early do you need to set the alarm to have time to do all the things you want to do today? Like me, did you go to bed last night thinking of a list a mile long? Did you wake up with fuzzy memories of dreams filled with doors and staircases and maze-like rooms in ramshackle houses? That’s my recurring dream, and the one that haunts me when I shut my heavy eyes, tired from a day of thinking and doing.
The details of my reverie are fuzzy now. I stumble out of bed, turning off the alarm, shoving my feet into worn out slippers, and shuffling down the hall to wake the kids for school. I pour milk over cold cereal or if I’m feeling adventurous fire up the oven for a quick batch of muffins. I load the backpack with homework and lunch. Then the school bus screeches off, and darkness and warm blankets threaten to beckon me back to bed. In the distance, the sun rises, urging me to throw open the curtains and welcome the day.
I’ve spent the last eighteen years changing diapers and getting kids off to school, shuffling through the day with eyes half open, counting down the hours until lunch or the afternoon bus or homework or dinner or bath time or bedtime come ’round, only to do it all again the next day. Laundry and dishes pile up while the pantry and refrigerator empty their contents and fill our tummies on a schedule that keeps me at the grocery store every other day.
Some of us have jobs, and we hurry off as soon as the kids are on the bus, only to find ourselves drowning in meetings and phone calls and reports. It all seems so important, all that scurrying to and fro. There’s so much to do and so little time.
We live our lives like that, don’t we? Going through the motions like so many thousands of days before it. Doing it all and yet never getting it all done.
And so here’s our question: Of all the things you will do today, what is the most important thing?
Is there one thing you could do that would give you the strength to do everything else?
The most important thing I can do today, and everyday this year, is give thanks for today.
Being thankful for today means:
- I’ll count the best parts of today before I spend a single minute.
- I’ll have a realistic, yet optimistic attitude about getting started.
- I’ll acknowledge that “This is the day that the Lord has made.”
Today, I’m giving thanks for monotony and opportunity. For children who grow up in the blink of an eye and a house that’s unfinished. For work yet to do and for the strength to do it. The most important thing I can do today is to give thanks for today before I even begin.
What is the most important thing you will do today?