A Prayer for Today
This is the beginning of a new day. God has given me this day to use as I will. I can waste it or use it for good but what I do today is important, because I am exchanging a day of my life for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever, leaving in its place something I have traded for it. I want it to be gain and not loss, good and not evil, success and not failure, in order that I shall not regret the price that I have paid for it.
YOUR NEXT TWELVE HOURS
JUST FOR TODAY I will try to live through this day only, and not tackle my whole life’s problems at once.
JUST FOR TODAY I will be happy. I will assume to be true what Abraham Lincoln said, “My folks were as happy as they made up their minds to be.”
JUST FOR TODAY I will try to strengthen my mind, I will study and I will learn something useful. I will read something that requires effort, thought, and concentration.
JUST FOR TODAY I will adjust my self to what is and not try to adjust everything for my own desires.
JUST FOR TODAY I will exercise my soul in three ways: I will do somebody a good turn and not get found out; I will do at least two things I do not want to do, just for exercise; I will not show anyone that my feelings are hurt, they may be hurt but today I will not show it.
JUST FOR TODAY I will be agreeable. I will look as well as I can, dress becomingly, talk low, act courteously, criticize not one bit, not find fault with anything and not try to improve or regulate anybody but myself.
JUST FOR TODAY I will have a program, I may not follow it exactly but I will have it.
JUST FOR TODAY I will save myself from two pests: hurry and indecision.
JUST FOR TODAY I will have a quiet half hour all by myself. During this half hour I will try to get a better perspective on my life.
JUST FOR TODAY I will be unafraid. Especially I will not be afraid to enjoy what is beautiful and to believe that as I give to the world so the world will give back to me.
JUST FOR TODAY I will recognize God as my Heavenly Father and that I am his child and to think, act and feel accordingly. This is the day which the Lord hath made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.
JUST FOR TODAY I will pray at noon for the world’s greatest need, “Grant peace, O God, in our time, Amen.
JUST FOR TODAY I will give back to God this day before going to sleep in this covering prayer:
O Lord, thou knows how I live;
All I have done amiss forgive;
All of good I have tried to do:
Strengthen, bless and carry through;
All I love in safety keep,
While in thee, I fall asleep.