You had better live your best and act your best and think your best today; for today is the sure preparation for tomorrow and all the other tomorrows that follow -Harriet Martineau-

What’s done is done. What’s been said is said. we can’t undo the mistakes of yesterday. And occasionally they create the barriers blocking us today. However, we can make sure that our behavior today doesn’t contribute to unnecessary problems for tomorrow.

A negative attitude toward other people and toward life’s circumstances becomes habitual. Fortunately, a positive attitude does as well. The choice rests with each of us to respond in ways fitting to the preferred attitude.

How much easier all situations are when we are respectful, hopeful, and interested. Like-wise, the trivial matter can become a major catastrophe when we struggle unnecessarily and with carping egos. We make the world we find, at home, at work, and at play.

Excerpt from The Promise of a New Day. A Book of Daily Meditations by Karen Casey and Martha Vanceburg

Happy Monday, friends…!!

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.
Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you.
Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.
Create anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten.
Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.
Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway.

– written on the wall in Mother Teresa’s home for children in Calcutta –

When you shift your mind into neutral and just let it idle, where do your thoughts go? Do you worry about money? We are to be careful with money, but Jesus taught that we are not to be full of care about it. If you have put your faith in the Lord, you don’t have to worry about life’s necessities. God Himself has assumed responsibility for your food and clothing—and all your needs.

When Jesus spoke of our need for food, He pointed to the birds, and said, “They neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” (Matthew 6:26). That doesn’t mean we get what we need by doing nothing. Birds must scratch and search for food. The point is, they don’t worry about it.

Jesus instructed us to center our lives on God’s kingdom. Then clothing, food, and drink will be ours as well. Look at it this way: Whether or not you live only for money, you’ll ultimately leave it or it will leave you. But if you focus your life on God and doing His will, all these other things will be provided.

Does your concern for making money and keeping it overshadow your concern for doing God’s will? If so, stop and look at the birds. [Our Daily Bread July 8, 2005]