“Today is the first day of the rest of your life.” That is a saying that is often quoted at Graduation ceremonies and in sermons. But what does it mean?
It really sounds good. In fact, it seems to make a lot of sense. I know the meaning is that each day is a new beginning. You have a fresh start. What are you going to do with it?
It feels like one of those kind of things you say with this deep echo that resonates through the canyon.Or, something that Darth Vadar might say with that deep James Earl Jones voice, aka, “Luke, I am your father.” The problem is that it actually feels like something that someone might say that has no idea how to live it.
That is the problem with platitudes. Platitudes are statements that have been made so often that they have lost all real meaning. They are empty of true substance.
Some people live their lives like a series of platitudes. They make statements but fail to live them. They act as if they are sincere with their well sounding words but they mean nothing. Paul in 1 Corinthians 13 calls this kind of thing “noisy gongs” or “clanging cymbals.” In other words, it is just a bunch of noise.
Are we living it? Don’t give me great sounding words or quotable quotes. Your actions speak louder than words… unless, that itself is just another platitude.