I've always thought of Australia as the "the land down under," on the edge of the earth, far away from all the rest of us. Of course, on a globe up, down, and center are arbitrary. Seth Godin's blog post this morning had this map with Australia in the middle.
Each year, I have the opportunity to travel with a bus full of young adults to a Passion conference in Atlanta. Francis Chan spoke at one session about his friend, a businessman who not only ran a successful business, but in free time rescues trafficked children, gives clean water, feeds the poor, help prostitutes get an education and become nurses. He told Francis Chan his secret: "I wake up every day and say, this is going to be the best day of my life."
On the way home, we had a flat tire with our bus. We were delayed for 4 hours as we waited for them to change the tire. These busy college students used that opportunity to have a great time together at McDonalds, making it a great four hours.
In 1 Peter 2:9 it says, "But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light." (NIV) When we live in the light of God, we have the opportunity to make each day better than the one before. Perhaps a day is too long to fathom. How will you make the next three hours the best three hours of your life? How will the next five minutes be the best five minutes of your life? Live now, don't live the regrets of the past or the fears of the future. If Australia can be in the center of the world, you can live in center of God's plans to give you the best day of your life today.
-John M Troyer