A Valuable First Thought

A Valuable First Thought
This is a day the Lord has made.
I shall rejoice and be glad in it!
Psalm 118 : 24



My name is Don Pasco and I would like to give you value.

Of course, just as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, only YOU can decide what is valuable to you.

Do you believe that habits have value? I’m sure you’ll agree, we all have habits.

What if you habitually ate only nutritious foods and took a brisk 30 minute walk every day? Do you think those habits would provide any value to your health? … to your appearance?    Of course they would.

What if you habitually started each day by saying the psalm at the top of this page? Do you think that habit would provide any value to your life? … to your attitude?

I say yes and that is the habit I am recommending that you begin to create. Each morning, the very second that you awaken and realize that you’ve been blessed with another day, say this silently to yourself:

“This is a day the Lord has made. I shall rejoice and be glad in it!”

I don’t have any idea how many thoughts any of us typically have in a given day, but I think you’ll agree, that is a great first thought. Begin to train yourself starting tomorrow morning.

Of course you may think of something else that you like better. That’s fine. Use whatever makes the most sense for you. Years ago I heard a recording by Denis Waitley, one of my favorite authors, that made me chuckle. He always says to himself “Safe again Lord! Let’s go!”

At some point in my past, I came to the conclusion that we are all “programmed” (for lack of a better term), and that we are all “reprogramming” or “reinforcing” our previous programming. So this little prayer (or psalm), is an excellent habit to get into.

In a future post I will disclose some other prayers that I have either created or adopted as habits, but for now I’d like to close this post (or page) with a sort of riddle that you may want to share with your loved ones for fun.

Ask them to try and guess the answer before you begin.

Here are the clues!

I am your constant companion.

I am your greatest helper OR heaviest burden.

I will push you onward OR drag you down to failure.

I am completely at your command.

Half the things you do you might just as well turn over to me and I will be able to do them quickly and correctly.

I am easily managed – you MUST merely be firm with me.

Show me exactly how you want something done and after a few lessons I will do it automatically.

I am the servant of ALL GREAT MEN (and WOMEN); and alas, of ALL FAILURES, as well.

Those who are great, I have made great.

Those who are failures, I have made failures.

I am not a machine, though I work with all the precision of a machine plus the intelligence of a man.

You may run me for a profit OR run me for ruin – it makes no difference to me.

Take me, train me, be firm with me, and I will place the world at your feet.

Be easy with me and I will destroy you.

Who am I?

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I am habit!

– Anonymous (my favorite author) 🙂

P.S. I once heard a story that there was a famous concert pianist who said “If I miss a day of practice, I know it. If I miss a week of practice the critics know it. If I miss a month of practice, the audience knows it.”


12 thoughts on “A Valuable First Thought

  1. Wow, I’ve been extremely blessed by the thoughts you shared on this page, Don. You have been a source of inspiration to me many times. Thank you VERY much and God bless you!

  2. Thank you so much for sharing this website, this message is what I needed to hear!

    Thank You

  3. hello Don,
    I have a question? Was your fathers name also Donald? Did he serve in the U.S. Army during the 1940s in Germany? If so was he ever in the Munich or Mannheim area of Germany? Please let me know if possible. Thanks
    Fred Mannheim

  4. Hi Fred,

    Sorry to disappoint you.
    No, my father did not serve in the U.S. Army and I am the only Donald in my family.

  5. Don , Debbie (ur sister) sent me this site, and I think it is great, Iv been worring latly about the results of a test I have taken whitch I should get results monday, and I have been feeling pretty down because of cancer in my family. But with Debbie and now your page I REALLY do feel Things are going to be OK, THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS TOMMY

    1. Hi Tommy,

      Thank you so much!

      I really appreciate your compliment and I’m glad Debbie directed you here.

      Do your best not to worry. I know sometimes that seems impossible…
      it seems as if our minds have a mind of their own, lol, and just go where they want.

      Worry is faith in the wrong direction. Try to turn it around by thinking about what you want to have happen.
      In this situation, try to think about getting positive results about the test.

      I’ll keep you in my prayers…
      “prayer is the greatest power… if God be with you, who can be against you?
      You can do all good things through Christ, who strengthens you.”

      I just realized that you already used the exact words in your comment that I’m trying to communicate.

      “feel Things are going to be OK”

  6. You are Great. I love your way of thinking / positive always. you know how to inspire me each & everyday. Thank You!

    1. Hi Debbie,

      Thank you for your compliment.
      Of course, now my head is getting big. lol

      Just kidding.
      I enjoy passing along things that inspire me, and being able to inspire someone else is a great feeling.

      Thanks again sis,
      Love ya, Donie

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