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859th -- Today I Will Make A Difference


There are many moments in life when we find ourselves becoming stagnant
because we think too much on our past mistakes and shortfalls. Instead of
seeing our past failures as steppingstones to a brighter future, we let
them hinder our vision and hope for the future and we allow our past to
keep us from being a success in this present time. What we must realize 
is that all have fallen short at one time or another. There are no perfect
people in this world, but the ones who persevere and triumph over their 
past are the ones who realize that a new beginning is possible. The Lord 
Jesus is willing and able to forgive us of all our sins and create within 
us a clean heart that will be inclined to following the right path and 
accomplishing the goals and dreams that were once so evident in our hearts.

If you have been feeling stuck and heard the lie that your future is dark,
I want you to know that the opposite can be yours today. You can free
yourself from the past and move forward towards a future that is so bright
you may have to wear sunglasses. All that's required is our admittance to
the Lord of our past sins and simply asking of His forgiveness. When we
ask God's forgiveness, He is faithful and just to forgive us, cleanse us
and place within us a fresh start that will rejuvenate and reinvigorate
our soul and spirit to believe in ourselves once again. Be encouraged to
love yourself no matter how hard you try to find reasons not to. You are
special in the eyes of the Lord and are alive this day to accomplish
something special that no one else was born to accomplish. (1 John 1:6-10)

I hope this message inspires and encourages your heart to believe in 
yourself again. Make a copy and leave it around you so that it can be 
easily read on those days where believing in ourselves is a little bit 
harder than the day before.


Today I will make a difference. I will begin by controlling my thoughts. A
person is the product of his thoughts. I want to be happy and hopeful.
Therefore, I will have thoughts that are happy and hopeful. I refuse to be
victimized by my circumstances. I will not let petty inconveniences such
as stoplights, long lines, and traffic jams be my masters. I will avoid
negativism and gossip. Optimism will be my companion, and victory will be
my hallmark. Today I will make a difference.

I will be grateful for the twenty-four hours that are before me. Time is a
precious commodity. I refuse to allow what little time I have to be
contaminated by self-pity, anxiety, or boredom. I will face this day with
the joy of a child and the courage of a giant. I will drink each minute as
though it is my last. When tomorrow comes, today will be gone forever.
While it is here, I will use it for loving and giving. Today I will make a

I will not let past failures haunt me. Even though my life is scarred with
mistakes, I refuse to rummage through my trash heap of failures. I will
admit them. I will correct them. I will press on. Victoriously. No failure
is fatal. It's OK to stumble... I will get up. It's OK to fail...I will
rise again. Today I will make a difference.

I will spend time with those I love. My spouse, my children, my family. A
man can own the world but be poor for the lack of love. A man can own
nothing and yet be wealthy in relationships. Today I will spend at least
five minutes with the significant people in my world. Five quality minutes
of talking or hugging or thanking or listening. Five undiluted minutes with
my mate, children, and friends.

Today I will make a difference.

Even though my life is scarred with mistakes, I refuse to rummage through
my trash heap of failure. I will admit them. I will correct them. I will
press on.

By Max Lucado

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

James 1:2-5 “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers
temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire,
wanting nothing. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth
to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”

Psalm 23:1-4 “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to
lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters. He 
restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His 
name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they 
comfort me.”

Psalm 37:23-26 “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and He
delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down:
for the LORD upholdeth him with His hand. I have been young, and now am 
old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging 
bread. He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed.”

Philippians 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun
a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.”

All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.

Today's Selected Poem: THE PROMISE
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/inpoem182.htm

Today's Selected Testimony: ALWAYS BE AVAILABLE
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony27.htm

In Christ’s Service,

Dwayne Savaya
God’s Work Ministry


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