Day zero: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty,..” Ge 1:1–2 Before day one, as we think of it, the earth had no visible shape or design and it was void. Sometimes, life can feel that way. You are alive and yet each day feels like yesterday; no shape or design, no purpose, void, and empty. But it doesn’t have to remain that way for you. Let today be Day One, the first day of the rest of your life. Participate with God and follow His example in creation. What did God do?
On Day One, when everything was in chaos and empty, God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. Ge 1:3. Obviously, we are not God and our words do not hold the power of His. Yet I encourage you to finish this statement: “Let there be…” What do you think? Let there be a book, a strong marriage, faithful children, a non-profit organization that meets a specific need, a club in your neighborhood that meets a specific need or maybe financial stability, etc. You get the point. The first thing God did was to create light. He turned the light on the situation. He clearly delineated light and dark. He did not create the sun or moon until day five. The sun and moon were part of filling the heavens and the earth. He just turned on the light. What would turn the light on for you, right now, at this time of your life? Getting finances in order, reading the Bible daily, or taking a class?
I dare you to think, to dream, and to imagine about your personal “Let There Be.” Don’t worry right now with the how or what (which can be difficult if you are anything like me). Just spend a moment completing this statement: “Let there be…” Once you have something write it down. Better yet write down whatever you’re thinking. You can clean it up later. Right now we’re just turning on the light. Once it’s written your statement will likely need more design and content. For now just write it down and leave it messy. We will work on the shape and filling later.
While you think about your ‘Let there be,” think about this question: How will you define success? How will success be measured? Will we measure success in dollars, personal achievements, number of acquaintances, the age when I retire, possessions, or the length of our life, to name a few? The answer to the question lies partially in the answer to the next question: What are you striving for? Do you strive for more money, more possessions, retirement at an early age, or maybe success in your business? Whatever measure you presently use, will remain your measurement until you make a conscience decision to change the measurement.
Lasting and sustainable success in life is not usually automatic. It must be intentional. A man could conceivably live a long life without his life being successful. As with most things more is not always better (although it is not intrinsically bad either – it’s just more). I would like to suggest to you that success in life is not measured in the quantity of years that make up one’s life. We must consider Jesus upon whose life time itself turns. He only lived 33 years and fulfilled his purpose. Like Jesus, I believe that we can have the confidence that we will be given the years needed to accomplish our purpose on earth. What do you think? However, we must be about the business of living on purpose, with resolve and a singleness of mind.
Solomon came to a great conclusion as to the question of what matters most on the earth. He, like us, was in search of fulfillment in life. After his great search, he concluded that to fear God and obey his commands was indeed the greatest thing a man can do. This is not to say that the pursuit of living intentionally is a simple matter. It is not. The moment anyone begins to live with direction, purpose, and meaning, they will discover internal and external resistance and distractions. Live according to the highest principles you know anyway. Learn to push through what is urgent in order to get to what is important. We should seek to live in the important more than the urgent. Eventually, what is important will become urgent.
In all of life’s busyness, what is your Let There Be? Let that rattle around in your brain for a while…
“We need to learn to set our course by the stars, not by every passing ship.” – Omar Bradley