Tuesday, June 22, 2010

One Day Better

One Day Better

I am a coach. I have coached softball, volleyball, basketball, and running. But I love running. Nothing makes me happier than challenging my runners to do their best and then watching them improve. I spend quite a bit of time and energy encouraging them to think about what kind of people they are not just what kind of athletes they are. There is a big sign in our high school's weight room that reads: Excellence is a choice you make every day. Boy that is so true! Today, are you choosing excellence? Is your walk with Christ real and vibrant? Is it excellent? In your personal life, are you making good choices? In your work life, are you giving your best? Are you a good example to others? Are you giving 100%? Or are you saving something? Today, when you step foot out of your bed, represent yourself well. But more importantly, represent your SAVIOR well. What do you want Jesus to think of you? Do you want him to be proud of you? Or are you fine with settling for mediocrity? My prayer for you is that you choose to be one day better. God knows us, every single thing about us: the good, the bad, and the ugly. He knows we can't do everything he commands or expects, at first. Little by little he transforms us, it's a process. God's ways are hard! He expects a lot. So here's your challenge for today:


--one day better at loving others

--one day better as a friend

--one day better as worker

--one day better in your attitude

--one day better in using your gifts

--one day better as a witness to Christ's love and power

--one day better at obeying

--one day better at trusting God

--one day better at believing God's Word

--one day better at loving your Lord


You can’t be better at everything all at once. But you CAN choose excellence. You can choose to be one day better. Can’t we all get better today? Just one day better.

Romans 12:1-8 (NIV)

1Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual[a] act of worship. 2Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
3For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. 4Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his[b]faith. 7If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; 8if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.

1 Peter 1:16 (NIV)
Be holy because I am holy.

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