If you stop thinking about tomorrow, today will appear.

Several years ago, I heard one of the most profound statements of my life. At the time, I was not in the greatest state of mind, nor did I have the best attitude for life. However, what was said to me will stick with me for the rest of my life. I hope that the meaning of these words that were whispered to me can help you today with what you may be facing.

In 2008, I was lying on a fairly stiff hospital like bed in a quiet room with nothing but a nightstand and a cranky ceiling fan up above. It was a nice room, as I recall, clean with walls painted floral in color. There were some flowers on a small table by the door and a pitcher of water on my nightstand. With no idea what time it was and constantly fading in and out of consciousness, I heard my door open and in walked a nurse with a holster of empty vials in a pouch. She quietly asked, “Are you awake?” I remember looking up at her and saying “yes I am awake and, I do not want to die”

It was then she grabbed my hand and said quietly with great assurance, “you will not die on my watch, you are safe now, you are on your way to victory, the victory of recovery.” At that moment, she took my pulse and then proceeded to draw blood. When done, she looked me directly in the eyes and said the most powerful phrase I have ever heard. “Brian, I want you to know that in order to stay sober, you must first get sober. She said, the goal is to focus on just one day at a time.” As she got ready to leave the room, she looked back and said “God Bless You”.

That evening was the most powerful evening of my 28-day stay in alcohol rehab. I don’t know if others have similar stories, but those words on my very first night of sobriety in 30 plus years were exactly what I needed to hear. I was told that I was going to live and that all I needed to do was to focus on today.

However, the line that I wish to place focus on in this article is the one about getting sober first, in order to stay sober. That was so profound and so powerful and it sounds obvious, but so full of truth.

At the beginning of each year and sometimes throughout the year, we all make some form of resolution to ourselves, a promise to start something that will change our lives for the better. We make promises that range from quitting smoking, losing weight, saving money and so on. But how often do we find ourselves right back where we started without making any significant progress?

I would like you to focus on the wise words of that nurse and understand that while it may seem that it is much harder to start something than keep it going, that’s not 100% truth. The key to victory is to start and then begin to only focus on the present, this moment, this minute. It’s important to understand that anxiety and doubt and quitting come from thinking about outcome and results verses just trusting the blessing of waking up and being grateful for this day. It’s truly all any of us have.

Once our mind, body, and soul are hard wired to focus on the importance of “just this day”, then we can start to maintain some consistency one day at a time. Once you have accomplished the hardest part, which is to start, remember that it’s not about 20 pounds or running a 5K or quitting that horrible habit or addiction. What it’s truly about is doing your very best for one day, just one day! The Choice is within!

God Bless You!

 

About The Author

B. Patrick Lewis

B. Patrick Lewis is a devout Christian who believes that without the mercy and forgiveness of God he would not be alive today. In the late 90’s, B. Patrick Lewis’s life was spinning out of control. But for the grace of God, family and rehabilitation, he has now become a leader in the Christian community. He is a devoted family man, published author and ordained pastor. He believes in second chances and encourages everyone to take a deep look within to discover their own truth. Choice Within is founded upon three basic principles of life – Gratitude, Love and Forgiveness. “We are all one and we are all Gods beautiful children. I believe life is too short not to love.” – B. Patrick Lewis

18 Comments

  • Sharon

    Reply Reply July 11, 2017

    Thank you for sharing your powerful story, Pastor B.

    Every day I learn It’s about TODAY, not tomorrow or next week or next year.
    When I look beyond today is when the fear and worries creep in.

    I Keep this on my computer desktop to remind me every day in every way God is with me:

    “God will provide us with bread each day. We just need to ask for it and wait for it, one day at a time.”

    Healing, Peace and Blessings!
    🤗

    • Sharon

      Reply Reply July 11, 2017

      You are a beautiful example of God’s love and mercy.

    • B. Patrick Lewis

      B. Patrick Lewis

      Reply Reply July 11, 2017

      Thank You Sharon, “One day at a time” are true words to live by. I appreciate your support and love. God Bless You!

  • Richardelas

    Reply Reply July 11, 2017

    Merci beaucoup

  • Gayle Lewis

    Reply Reply July 11, 2017

    Thank you,
    Once again I start my day off with your message that gives my day energy and focus and a positive attitude.
    Now, I must make your message my message and my thought throughout the day, that each moment is the moment to be lived,savored and full of life. Keeping this in mind, I can concentrate on living today in the very best possible and enjoyable and happy way and sharing that happiness with everyone I meet.

    • B. Patrick Lewis

      B. Patrick Lewis

      Reply Reply July 11, 2017

      It’s always nice to make a difference in someones life. I am blessed that my words will transfer to others each and every day.
      Love you!

  • Gwendolyn

    Reply Reply July 11, 2017

    Thank you, Brian (Pasor B.) for your courage in sharing your life’s journey, your challenges, and your victories. God bless you for your heart to want to help and assist others.

    Yes, one day at a time, that’s the key… and even moreso, living in the present is so paramount. But even as we live in the present, the fuel, the fire, and passion that God gives us, propels us to continue moving towards God’s perfect plan for our lives, and for us to have a heart of expectation. as we continue to move forward, one foot, one step at a time, so that we don’t get complacent and contented, when God desires to give us so much more! That’s okay by God!😄 God is readying us in the present, for all HE has in store for us in the future. That’s the good news!🤗🤗

    God says: “I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you, and not to harm you…plans to give you a hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

    Blessings, and continual prayers😇

    • B. Patrick Lewis

      B. Patrick Lewis

      Reply Reply July 13, 2017

      God Bless you Gwendolyn, your words are always so beautiful and on point and your support means so much to me. I can’t thank you enough for always cheering me on. You are a blessing.
      B.

  • Barbara

    Reply Reply July 11, 2017

    Thank you so much for sharing your story! This has really inspired me to think about my life and to reflect on just this moment. To not give up, start, aim for consistency and to do my best just for today! I am on my journey to healing, becoming whole and staying that way! Thanks to God he has kept me again! You are a true light to the world Brian! You’ve shown that anything is possible if you have the desire, put forth the effort, and believe. Then victory is yours! I know we go through hard stuff to help others later. You have done that for me! I am forever grateful! May God bless you abundantly! I pray that you reach millions for God’s glory!

    • B. Patrick Lewis

      B. Patrick Lewis

      Reply Reply July 22, 2017

      You are very welcome and I am always happy to hear that my words can help and comfort others. Soon you will see amazing grace enter into your daily life.
      Blessings.

  • Nancy Jean Smith

    Reply Reply July 11, 2017

    Pastor “B,”

    I truly understand the just today concept and doing your best. You know, that’s all God asks of us is our best, at any given moment. However, our best changes at any given moment. At the moment you told the nurse that you didn’t want to die, that was your best, right at that moment. Then when the nurse gave you HOPE, your best changed, as you pondered her words, and held them close to you. Others may have a child that is sick, may be facing a final exam, may have to get up in front of thousands and speak, or God may have given them another director to go. It doesn’t matter what your day, only this day, this moment brings, you are doing your best. Nobody has any right, not even yourself to ask anything more, because we are not above God, and we have to right to ask that of ourselves or anybody else. So for right now, this is my best to you and to whoever reads this, in hopes that it may help them.

    Blessings!

    – Nancy Jean –

    • B. Patrick Lewis

      B. Patrick Lewis

      Reply Reply July 13, 2017

      God Bless you Nancy Jean, it’s always enjoyable to hear from you and your lovely insight!

  • Jeronimo David Herrera

    Reply Reply July 13, 2017

    I have been through a very rough life and I am finding God now more than ever before. I am 37 and going to be 38 December 20,1979. Both of my parents died from cancer. My mother was a devoted Christian and died this year March 9 and she was going to turn 59 April 5. My dad was 54 and just turned 54 February of 2007 and died months later that same year.my dad believed, but was an alcoholic and used haroin. He smoked alot too. I see that God is merciful and even though m6 mom left my dad when I was about 11 years old I always loved my dad and I know they both went to heaven. God wants us to be Holy and have peace that the world, money, pleasure, power, and other things can’t give us.

    • B. Patrick Lewis

      B. Patrick Lewis

      Reply Reply July 21, 2017

      Thank you Jeronimo, stay in faith!

  • Albert Ihezie

    Reply Reply July 14, 2017

    I have come to regard you not just as a pastor, but my prophet. Your counsel always hits the core of my being, in my struggles just like this one has done. I don’t care who else is reading, this has done a lot of refreshing in my mind this morning. Focus on “just this day”. I came into the office with a heart full of burden. Thank you Pastor Brian for just this day.

    • B. Patrick Lewis

      B. Patrick Lewis

      Reply Reply July 21, 2017

      God Bless you Albert.

  • Odion mike osarobo

    Reply Reply July 19, 2017

    Jesus Christ said we should not worry about tomorrow now I know beter one of the reasons is to avoid anxiety the killer,be anxious for nothing He said, sufficient for today the troubles, evil in it now I understand better He is saying just live one day at a time.Glory be to God.thank you Sir. You are truly great.

    • B. Patrick Lewis

      B. Patrick Lewis

      Reply Reply July 21, 2017

      Right on point!
      Thank you Odion

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