Take Today


Several years ago, I read a bold red, black, and white book called “Do Hard Things.”
It was basically about the phenomenon of complacency and apathy that has caused people in all nations to sit back while time flies by. Opportunities escape. Relationships ignored. Causes dropped. Talents wasted. The authors spoke out against this tragedy. They called to mind that through God’s power, people who would normally abuse the gift of life are capable of living meaningfully. And by that they meant doing everyday things that test our comfort zones and stretch our imaginations.
The most helpful thing I took away from it is, “How exactly is this supposed to happen?” Because, let’s face it–no one wakes up one morning, slaps off the alarm clock, and says, “You know what, today I want to epicly waste my life, man!” Similarly, no one wakes up in the morning and says, “You know, today I am going to change the world (and actually do it)”
Unless you’re Batman of course.
Our mediocrity of life probably comes in part, from the fact, that everyone is told that they can change the world but few people are actually world-changers. There is really nothing wrong with that. But because my generation tells everyone they are one-of-a-kind and destined for greatness, it is hard to imagine that maybe I was destined for something more simplistic than being a hero or great leader. 😉
But just maybe, even if I can’t change the world, I can change it in a small way.
My favorite quote from the first part of the Hobbit is: “Saruman believes it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found.  I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay:  small acts of kindness and love.” –Gandalf
Do you actually believe that?
I challenge you today, to do hard things in your own life–whether that be beginning a new hobby, folding a load of laundry, or reconciling with someone you haven’t spoken to in forever. Even better, do what that book said, and write out five ways that you can do hard things or meet a goal. FIVE STEPS toward small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay.
Take today…and don’t worry about reforming everything.
Just begin something.


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