Not much is said about second things.
We applaud first things. We prepare for first. We think about first.
We want to make the best first impression. We can’t sleep before our first day on the job. Couples reminisce about first dates. We take pictures with our first car. We go overboard for first birthdays. Every year we celebrate the first day.
Then what? Second, that’s what.
No one remembers their second day on the job. When was the second time you spoke with your spouse? How much did you love your second car? What was the theme of your nephews second birthday? What kind of party are you having today, Jan 2nd?
I think you understand my point. We celebrate firsts and we applaud milestones, but somewhere between the wedding day and the golden anniversary, there is a second day of marriage. Long before the thirty year retirement party, there is that easily overlooked second day in the office.
But don’t you dare overlook 2nd. I know it is tempting. I know it is easy to relegate the 2nd day to being unimportant, humdrum, routine, and hardly worth noticing.
Yet, no marriage makes it to a milestone if the couple quits on the second day. No retirement party is held for those who don’t triumph over the day after that exciting first one. In fact, 2nd may be the most important day of all.
It is on the 2nd day that we actually become the thing we claimed we were on the first.
Whatever your goals are for this year, remember this… Everyone starts. The successful continue.
1 Timothy 4:16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.