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What can you do in 100 days?

January 28, 2019
By Dr. Steve Newby

Believe it or not we will be at 100 days of school on January 28th. Depending on the school, students celebrate it in a variety of ways. They dress up like they are 100 years old, collect 100 of something or as a class write 100 thank you notes! It is interesting that we look at the first 100 days of the presidency when the new President takes office. The success of the President is often measured by what they accomplish in those 100 days. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt got this started because of the volume of work he accomplished in that timeframe to help bring the U.S. out of the Depression. In keeping with that thought, what could we do in 100 days? Here are some ideas:

  1. Create a new habit or stop one that you believe you should stop.
  2. Read a chapter of the Bible a day.
  3. Send an encouraging email to one person each day.
  4. Memorize a Bible verse a day.
  5. Spend 15 minutes each day learning a new language.  
  6. Memorize the books of the Bible.
  7. Volunteer
  8. Learn a new craft/skill like painting, pottery - anything!
  9. Meet a new person each day.
  10. Read. Set a goal to read a certain amount each day.
  11. Learn a new word each day.
  12. Turn off your phone for 30 minutes each day.
  13. Spend 30 minutes extra each day with your family.
  14. Walk a mile each day.
  15. Say an extra prayer for someone each day.

I am sure there are many others. Celebrating our 100th day of school is fun and does mark a milestone in our school year. But unlike what we do in 100 days or what we accomplish in that time like our Presidents, God doesn’t measure us by the number of days or the things we do in those 100 days. Certainly, if God mentioned being wise with our time in Proverbs 6:6, he intends for us to make the best of the time we have. The way we can make the best of our time is first not to waste it and then to make sure we are living each day for Him.

There is nothing magical or spiritual about the first 100 days. It is a measurement of time that is fun and interesting to us. If we live for Him for the first 100 days, we can certainly live for him for the 265 days in the rest of the year.