May 052014 1 Response

What If My Day Became Your Day

May 5 is one of my days. It’s a date which rolls off my tongue with ease. May 5, 1988 is a date I will never forget.

Like a good Baptist boy, I wrote it into the margin of my Bible. Near the end of the Sermon on the Mount, the date is scribbled in 5th grade handwriting as a reminder of my decision.

Many people do not remember the exact date they became a Christian. Some might even argue I was a Christian long before that night when I prayed while lying on my bed. (See: What I Mean When I Say ‘You Are a Sinner’)

I don’t think you have to know the exact date, but I’m glad I know. It brings me comfort to remember there was a specific time in which I prayed a sincere prayer and all these years later that prayer has proven to be true.

I don’t remember my exact words, but I will never forget the general intent.

Having grown up in church, I had heard the message for years. God is holy; I am not. There is no action I could take to earn God’s love. He chose to love me and my responsibility was to respond to his love with faith.

What finally changed at the age of ten was a realization that my decision shouldn’t wait. For a few years I knew I wanted to be a Christian; I knew of my need to experience God’s forgiveness. What I didn’t realize was that my decision was more than a simple a change in eternal destiny. It also involved my earthly life.

So in my bed, on May 5, 1988, I prayed a simple prayer and that prayer has determined the trajectory of my life.

Some days mean more than others. Decisions are made; actions are taken; what happens on one day can change every day to follow.

What if my day became your day? (See: Do You Know What Today Is?)

We can’t always manufacture life changing days, but for many people there are decisions which need to be made. What if this was the day?

What if this was the day you:

While we can’t manufacture life changing days, we can make life changing decisions. We can stop putting off what needs to be done. We can recognize we aren’t promised tomorrow and that today is as good of a day as any to do that which is right.

What if you did that today? (See: One Thing You Have)

What if you stopped putting off what needs to be done and made the decision to do it?

Stop for a moment. Consider what you have been ignoring. Think about what actions or decisions need to be done.

Say a prayer; make a call; send the email. Do what is right. (See: A Secret About Today Which Could Change Everything)

And when you do, write the date down in a prominent place. Remember it. When you are tempted to go back on your decision, look at the date. Remind yourself of the sincerity of your decision and don’t go backwards.

For some today will just be another day, but for a few it will be a day you never forget. It will be so because you will commit to change. And when you truly commit to change, you will never forget it.

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