Naval Admiral William McRaven served as the ninth commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command from August 8, 2011, to August 28, 2014. On May 17, 2014, he gave the commencement speech at the University of Texas at Austin. His 20-minute speech is now considered one of the best commencement speeches ever given.
McRaven’s speech featured ten life lessons that he gleaned from basic SEAL training. (SEAL is an acronym for Sea, Air, and Land.) It is the first of those ten lessons that I want to mention for this post. That lesson is: Make Your Bed.
If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed. If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and encourage you to do another task. And by the end of the day that one task will encourage you to complete another task and another.
Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter. If you can’t do the little things right, you will never be able to do the big things right. And if by chance you have a miserable day, you will come home to a bed that is made. A made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better.
When I read these words from McRaven, I’m reminded of three Bible passages. Each of the three speaks of the importance of doing the little things well, and each passage has a direct application to the Christian in regards to living all out for Jesus. I offer the passages (all from the N.K.J.V.) as the close to this post. Consider them well, Christian, and be honest about how the activities that fill your day are measuring up to them.
- Ecclesiastes 9:10: Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going.
- 1 Corinthians 10:31: Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
- Colossians 3:17: And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.