At church last Sunday, we had a guest preacher speak to us regarding following the teachings of the Bible. While I was listening, I was struck by a secondary message that was part of his sermon, but also applicable to all aspects of a man’s life: Every day matters.
To be quite honest, I would have passed over this little piece of his sermon if I had not heard the exact same message the previous day at my Taekwondo testing, albeit formatted differently to fit the audience.
So what do I mean when I say that every day matters? Allow me to illustrate by providing my experience over the weekend.
To be truthful, I’ve heard this insight many times before Saturday, but when I heard it two days in a row from two entirely different venues, I thought it was time I covered this here.
We have a trick question that we ask our martial arts students from time to time: When are you testing?
The typical response is something like “Umm, in a couple months.” to which we reply, “Wrong suckah! Now give me your belt! You’re a disgrace to our dojo!” Kidding.
The correct answer is “You are ALWAYS testing.” Every day you come into class, the instructor is taking a mental note to see how you are progressing, if you have a good attitude, and if you are trying your best. If these criteria aren’t met, you’ll never make it to the actual testing.
As well as I performed on Saturday and as much as I did, it pales in comparison to what I did with the five years leading up to my testing.
The guest pastor delivering the sermon on Sunday was speaking about how we conduct ourselves as Christians. He told a story of a well-meaning, albeit misguided, choir director at a church he served at who declared to the congregation that “it doesn’t matter what you do Monday through Saturday, only what you do, here, today.”
No. What you do the rest of the week matters just as much, if not more, than what you do on Sunday. It’s much easier to be more introspective and reverent on Sunday, with church and God already on your mind. Keeping to your convictions during the rest of the week – with work, kids, and the stresses of daily life – is much more difficult. God isn’t going to judge you based on what you do only on Sundays…
What you do every day matters. It’s as simple as that. One single day all on its own, won’t make much of a difference if you don’t spend the subsequent days, weeks, months, and even years beforehand building up to that pivotal moment.
Whether it’s work, a business venture, your marriage or family, or whatever else you can think of. You must be on all the time, working hard to prepare for that one day can make you or break you.