When I wrote and published the first part to this post, there were 30 days left in the year. Now there are only 22. Time is ticking into next year, and I feel an insuperable urge to really make the most of these last 22 days… to make each day count and to live without regrets, finishing off this year on a high.
I’m going to be honest… once I’d hit publish on that post, I thought that was it. I thought that I would figure out the rest as I went along and find ways to make the most of every new day as it came. I really never planned to do a follow up for that post, but the more I thought about it, the more I felt like it needed it.
What I was finding was that I didn’t always know how to make the best of each day. If things went wrong or if something bad or sad of frustrating happened, I would find myself dwelling on that instead of on good things that had happened.
This frustrated me because I had set a goal which I felt like I wasn’t able to keep up with. It was almost as if that goal being achieved was dependent on circumstances I couldn’t control. Sure, I was trying to pick out the good things in my day. I was thanking God for his blessings to me, but it still didn’t feel like I was making the most of each day.
I spent some time praying about all this and eventually realised this: my day might not be perfect, and I accept that, so how can I make the most of whatever happens, and what can I do in addition to make sure I’m making the most of each day?
In the end, I came up with a few things I could do to live the last days of 2020 with no regrets, making the most of each day as it come along. I’m going to share these things with you guys… not because you have to do them too… but just to encourage you if you’re feeling anything similar to me.
The first thing I’ve done is picked five special people in my life that I see pretty often and decided to pray for at least two of them every single day for the rest of the year. Of course, I’ve prayed for my friends often throughout the year, but I thought it would be special to spend the last few weeks praying for the same five people every day. I know I have no control over whether God answers my prayers or not, but I do know that he hears them, and that prayer is powerful.
Another thing I’m doing is to read my Bible more. I’ve been so busy and tired with school lately that I’ve slipped out of the habit of reading it each day. I feel less inclined to get up early in the mornings and more inclined to binge some Netflix before going to bed at night… instead of journaling or reading my Bible. Making a conscious effort to get back in to the habit of reading my bible more is a good way to make sure I’m spending time with the Lord each day.
A third thing I’m trying to do is to be more aware of what’s around me, and to be consciously thankful for it. For example, when I leave the house in the mornings, I normally have my earphones in and my music or a podcast pretty loud, but this past week I’ve been taking them out and paying more attention to what’s around me. I try to be thankful for lots of little things too.
These are only a few, little things that I’m doing, but I’ve been finding they each make a big difference. 2020 might not have been the perfect, dreamy year I’d originally wanted it to be, but I can at least bring it to a good close by making the most of each day and trying to be present in the moment.
‘This is the day that the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it.’ Psalm 118: 24
I hope this post has maybe encouraged you to think about how you can live your best life for the last few weeks of the year!