In his book, Coach Wooden, Pat Williams lays out the great coach John Wooden's 7 Life Principles. One of those life principles that Coach Wooden lived by was "make each day your masterpiece." Former basketball great Swen Nater played for Coach at UCLA. He said, "John Wooden's philosophy was that you have never lived a perfect day until you have helped someone who can never repay you in any way. John Wooden's goal was to live a perfect day - not once, but every single day." (page 94)
While there are a number of thing that we can do to become more efficient in our lives, the most important thing we can do is to invest ourselves in others. Who is it that you could help today - someone who could never repay you for your act of kindness? What can you do to make a difference, even a small one, in someone's day? How many opportunities do we miss simply because we are so focused on what we can get out of life?
Today our church will have a distribution, giving away non-food items to people from the community. Some of those people will sit in our parking lot for up to 4 hours before they go through the line to get roughly $50-$60 worth of paper products, cleaning supplies, personal hygiene items, etc. Most of them are so grateful for the chance to stretch their limited funds with this free service provided through the generosity of our congregation. Those who are working and those who have given will be making a masterpiece of their day today. What about you?