There’s only a few weeks left of school this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make these days count! Spiritual and a little bit practical, here are a few things to encourage you in how to live your life with purpose and on purpose today, and finish 2015 strong!
1. Prepare the Night Before.
It’s hard to have a great day when you aren’t ready for anything coming that day. Take the extra time to lay out what you are going to wear, finish your homework or assignments, or put extra stuff you might need in the car. Are you bringing your lunch? Go on and fix it ahead of time! It may take 5 extra minutes, it may take 30, but either way, it will make you feel great the next day to start your day organized. This point is super practical, and all this responsibility sounds super adult-like, but isn’t that the goal?! To be mature, grow up and be awesome? This will help you do that, and even more than that, be ahead of the game. 2 Timothy 2:15
2. Start the day with Jesus.
Since He’s the one who made the day, He’s the one who can help you conquer it. Write some scriptures on a note card and put it on your mirror, or your dash board. Follow a devotional plan on a Bible app, or find some great devotionals to follow along in a book. Again, just a few minutes can make such a big difference! Jesus is always with you, but your mind is renewed to Him according to the time you spend in the Word and prayer. And a renewed mind and spirit can face the day on a whole ‘notha level from one that is not. Romans 12:2
3. Start the day with a good attitude.
It’s like putting on a pair of glasses, it will help you see everything differently! Decide before you’re even faced with challenges that you are the overcomer in the situation. Good attitudes aren’t just for naturally optimistic people—they really come down to a decision over feelings. You can decide today which attitude you are going to wear, and everyone likes being around someone with a good attitude a lot better than someone with a bad one. Galatians 5:22-23
4. Start the day with thanks.
Again with the lens idea, it really is a choice of putting a different perspective on your day, and it’s a perspective that can change everything. Show me someone with an “attitude of gratitude” and I’ll show you someone who has favor, promotion and blessing in their life. Things go well for you when you’re thankful. 1 Thessalonians 5:18
5. Look for someone having a bad day.
Whenever we take time to look beyond ourselves into someone else’s life and heart, our lives take on a much bigger meaning than they could ever have before. We see things more in the way we should see them—that life is not to be lived just for ourselves. The happiest people serve others, and considering others above yourself will always make your problems smaller, your heart joyful, and your life full. Philippians 2:4
6. Do your best at everything that comes your way.
You’ve heard the phrase “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” That also applies to how you approach your day. When you do your best at the things that have been put in your hand, you may not reach the “moon”, but you will accomplish more than you ever could if you never tried. Colossians 3:23-24
Whether you get these points right or not, God is with you and for you all day, every day.