“Win The Day”
Joshua 1:7-9. I read this passage today in my Bible study time. I feel so whole when I am in God’s Word. Peace resides there. It goes perfect with our family motto, Win The Day. A coach in Oregon started the saying with his athletes and the entire town quickly caught on. So did I when I read the story.
We are usually always looking toward future dates or events or dreams, but what about our assignment for today; just that next step, that next math problem, that next dish to wash. It’s the everyday steps that accomplish great things. Without those seemingly mundane steps we would not be in the place we are today. A book would not be written without those first few words. A ball game would not be won without those days of practice. A kitchen would not be clean when guests arrive without washing those first few dishes.
There is nothing wrong with looking ahead as long as we know the task at hand and work at it as if God were standing next to us watching. Are we doing our best work? Are we giving it our all?
Steps in faith require trust and also many daily steps in preparation for the leap of faith. God is preparing us with each step of our everyday life. There will come a day when a leap will be required. At that time we will assess and make a choice to go one way or the other. God’s beauty in free will; we get to make the choice to leap or stay. We can’t waste all those preparation steps.
Before realizing the magnitude of this simple three word phrase, I would become discouraged when I could not run full ahead to what I knew God was calling me to do. I saw the future. I saw the awesome plans and very much wanted to be part of it. I didn’t, however, see how each thing I did while in my current situation led up to those great plans. I had training to do before I would be completely ready.
I believe that sometimes God gives us glimpses of the precious future to keep us motivated; to keep us holding on to a better tomorrow. We can all relate to a good incentive program. God has the best one of all.
Win the Day. We say it every morning in our home. Some days we totally don’t win, but we still learn from those days and in my book that’s considered a win. Right now as I sit and write these words I feel inspired by God to take just another step forward and win the day.
Joshua 1:7-9 says, “Be strong and courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Lord, my heart is to be where you are and do what you want me to do. I want to race ahead and rush the process of training and learning, but you have a perfect plan. Help me to slow my pace and really see each opportunity from your eyes. Thank you for caring enough for me to train me before I step. Amen.