Rainey Taylor, Sales Manager at the Retreat & Conference Center, shared this inspiring excerpt during our staff meeting this week. What will you do today?

Today I will….Peace, goals

“Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.”   Ephesians 5:15-16

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.  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.  While it is here, I will use it for loving and giving.  Today I will make a difference.

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 okay to stumble… I will get up.  It’s okay 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.  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.

Today I will make a difference.

From the Book “On the Anvil” by Max Lucado