Quote for the Day

“if what you did yesterday seems big, you haven’t done anything today.” lou holtz

Lou Holtz… NCAA football head coach. Holtz is the only coach in NCAA history to lead six different programs to bowl games and the only coach to guide four different programs to final top 20 rankings. He is also a multiple winner of Coach of the Year honors. After growing up in East Liverpool, Ohio and graduating from East Liverpool High School, Holtz attended Kent State University. He was a member of the Delta Upsilon Fraternity, played football, and graduated in 1959. Over the years, the slender, bespectacled Holtz has become known for his quick wit and ability to inspire players.

In 2005 Holtz joined ESPN as a college football analyst. On April 21, 2007, Holtz made an appearance as an honorary head coach, along with Ara Parseghian, for Notre Dame’s annual Blue-Gold Game, a yearly intra-squad scrimmage that marks the end of spring football practice for the Irish. Holtz guided the Gold team to a 10-6 victory. (Wikipedia)

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11 thoughts on “Quote for the Day”

  1. Sounds like this quote is saying if looking back from today at yesterday is a big part of the space of your thoughts, time and energy than you have missed the opportunity to live in the now and make the most out of today. Dwelling on yesterday’s big victory or big defeat wastes time. Better to press on to today’s work, new goals for today and achieve something or today will end up being wasted. It reminds me of Philippians 3:12 where Paul said…”forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

  2. This encouraging quote from Lou Holtz suggests to me that
    if you have done a work of sizable accomplishment, “yesterday” then just think of what great and relevant achievement can be be done, today. If we learn something from, not only the mistakes of yesterday, but even more from the successes of the past, then our labor is not in vain.
    As Paul says in 1Cor. 15:58, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the WORK of the Lord; because then you will know that your labor is not in vain, in the Lord.”

  3. Passage 2 Timothy 4:8:Amp
    “… there is laid up for me the [victor’s] crown of righteousness [for being right with God and doing right], which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me and recompense me on that [great] day–and not to me only, but also to all those who have loved and yearned for and welcomed His appearing (His return).

    When I read quotes like this I think of many things as I’m sure we all do. But, I love the above verse. When I wake up each day and The Lord, the righteous Judge has not returned yet, that means I have another time to do something great while I keep my mind and eyes on the return of Our Lord. It is hard to look back when you are expecting such a great happening each and everyday.

  4. That’s true. The Lord told us to occupy until He returns. Occupy means to be busy, ap-pro’-pri-ate, do business, work, inhabit, possess.(Roget 4th ed.)
    All this labor involves production, attainment, A PRODUCT(S) establishment of, the founding of. In the parable that Jesus told, He spoke of a man who went off to a far country to establish a Kingdom and left his aides to OCCUPY while he was away. He gave them wherewithall with which to conduct the business. Two of the colleagues invested their resources he gave them for the expansion of the Kingdom. The other colleague operated in fear of even losing that part which he had been given and just hid it. When the leader returned he asked for the gain on the investments for which the aides were responsible. When he found out that the third aide had misused the portion given to him to “work”, the leader was very angry and cast him out of the business of the Kingdom.
    Now, they all knew that their leader would return to claim all that he had left for them to take care of. But one really chose not to do anything. The leader called that WICKED.
    From this story I understand it this way; that the LORD GOD has given us salvation, the Blood of Jesus, The Holy Spirit, prayer, protection of angels, the Cross, the resurrection and HOLY SCRIPTURES which is the WORD of GOD to invest in Kingdom business. We are to utilize these great treasures to help bring GOD’S Kingdom in , preparing the people for the return of our LEADER, Jesus Christ the KING. If we HIDE our light, then our part of the world will be dark and will not see the Light of the Gospel of the Word of God. THEN, we will be regarded as lazy, slothful and yes, WICKED! That’s what the Lord called the aide who did NOTHING with what he had been given. This is very scary and frightening to think that we are regarded as wicked if we refuse to WORK the Kingdom work
    which is to possess the zeal of bringing souls into the Kingdom…that is what the LORD GOD wants….SOULS. He doesn’t need our money, so to speak, (unless it’s getting in the way of our relationship with Him) He owns the cattle on a thousand hills. He doesn’t want our homes or our possessions, etc. HE WANTS SOULS and HE WANTS US TO win them FOR HIM. He wants us to invest our lives in bringing in the souls for His Kingdom. When He comes back….(and HALLELUJAH He is coming back), He is looking for a FULL HOUSE. The Father wants a FULL HOUSE. And we must occupy, labor, witness, intercede, testify, pray for, and be role models to bring His children home to greet Him when He returns.
    MARANATHA! LORD JESUS. COME.

  5. We sure can’t enjoy, progress, and learn today, by constantly reliving yesterday. If we do, we are certain to become stagnant, dull, and down right BORING. Lord, please help me not to be stagnant, dull, and boring.

  6. This sure has application in my life. I can’t continue to look at past accomplishments, but must focus and work on how I can be effective where I am planted this day. Thanks for the quote.

  7. This makes me think Shepherd boy David had a story, he killed the giant, King David had a story and is known as a man after God’s own heart.

    St. Paul, St. Peter and St. Luke as well as Mother Theresa has a story but so do I. And, so do YOU!

    We need to live ours daily and share our stories and continue ‘The story’ of the greatest story ever told.

  8. Amen Sara, like we have been learning in our church services…people want to know about NOW….its ok to know about Jona and the big fish…but how and what about now….you are right we need to be living Godly epistles….(Living, life giving, stories of “Jesus on the inside working on the outside”..).:)dj

  9. What an awesome blog. This is just another example of why we need to focus on today. If we continue to focus on yesturday’s trophies and dwell on our past accomplishments, we will never grow. We will never be a better person. We will be the same as we were yesturday. Jesus didn’t heal the blind man and then stop. He didn’t say, well, I’ve done enough for this month. He continued God’s works. He went forward and healed the lame, raised the dead, fed the hungry, died on the cross for the ultimate sacrific and raised from the dead and is still alive today. Thank you Jesus. We are supposed to be more like him daily. He is our role model. If we are to busy patting ourselves on the back for the accomplishments that we did yesturday or last week, we are stunting our growth. We are busy focusing on ourselves and not on God. We need to move forward, we need to grow and we need to strive to be a little bit better person each day. We need to grow daily. If we are constantly growing and striving to get a little better daily with God as our center, tomorrow will be taken care of. Thank you Jesus for being the greatest role model ever.

  10. Chickenfarmer you are right on about not focusing on yesterday’s trophies. It reminds me of something I read or heard about the farmer who kept looking back to see if he had plowed a straight furrow…each time he did that, the furrow in front got plowed crooked. I wonder if that has anything to do with what Jesus said in Luke 9:62,”No one having put his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God”?

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