Monday, March 2, 2009

Inspiration: "Today I Will Make a Difference"

“Today I Will Make a Difference” by Max Lucado

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 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 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.

From On the Anvil
Copyright 1985 Max Lucado (Used by Permission)


  1. Beautiful start to a Monday! You've started my day in tears - good tears, though! What an inspiring post! THANK YOU!

  2. Ohh, it is so ispirational. Thank you so much , I will try to do just that today. Thank you, thank you!

  3. Very good way to start the week. Thank you!

  4. It is so great to read something that makes you think about how you will spend your week (and life). Have a wonderful day!!

  5. Hello girls! I'm so glad you are enjoying the Monday Inspiration! Have a wonderful and blessed week! :)

  6. Love it. Agree 100%, especially with all the bad news these days.

  7. Just saw this! (I'm out of town this wk)

    Lovely, beautiful. Thanks for posting this and being a blessing to us :)

  8. How beautiful...thanks you so much for shearing!! I hope you are having a beautiful weekend with your boy..!! and Happy Women's Day..embrace today the beautiful woman you are!!!!!!