The power of making each day count

(L-R) Kelli, Mackenzi, Mackenna and C.J. Stewart at the Dec. 12, 2023, inaugural evening with Michael Vick to kickoff the Achieving Vicktory Foundation.

Michael Josephson once said, “Approach the new year with resolve to find the opportunities hidden in each new day.”

This past year has been really good to me. I have accomplished a lot with the support of so many people. Success, plus a commitment to serving others equals significance. Success is so important because you cannot give what you don’t have.

My life mission is to be significant by serving millions and bringing them into a relationship with Christ, starting with my wife, Kelli, and our daughters, Mackenzi and Mackenna.

There are 11 days until the new year hits, so that means there are at least 11 things I am in prayer about for 2024:

  1. Launch a worldwide baseball coaching certification with an emphasis on the development of Black boys and Black coaches in baseball
  2. Run my first Atlanta Track Club PNC Atlanta 10 Miler
  3. Raise more than $3 million for LEAD Center For Youth
  4. Travel to more than 25 of the 159 Georgia counties to be inspired for the innovative work required of me
  5. Witness our youngest daughter, Mackenna, sign a collegiate tennis scholarship
  6. Witness our oldest daughter, Mackenzi, lead our inaugural cohort of “LEAD Center For Youth Lady Ambassador Tennis Program” participants
  7. Purchase a home in the Atlanta city limits
  8. Vacation on the continent of Africa with my wife, Kelli, and daughters
  9. Watch the Atlanta Braves win the World Series
  10. Journal daily
  11. Be a committed and faithful spiritual agriculturalist by way of Elizabeth Baptist Church

This is just a short list of things I want to do. The key is it getting done because God has ordained it.

If it is His will, it is His bill.

I know that it is from God if it passes the fruit of the Spirit test: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

When all nine of these things are in place, I know that I am in the right place for the right purpose and the right people. Then I need to make sure that I am competent and care about and have the capacity for the task at hand.

All things and all people are important, but nobody and, I mean nobody, has the capacity to care about everybody and everything to the point of making things happen.

In the end, whatever I do, I want the credit so that my God can get the glory.

“I want the credit if I’m losing or I’m winning.” — Kendrick Lamar

  • What are you in prayer about for 2024?
  • What do you care about to the point that you feel the need to make sacrifices of your time, talent and treasure?
  • Who do you care about to the point that you feel the need to make sacrifices of your time, talent and treasure?

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C.J. Stewart has built a reputation as one of the leading professional hitting instructors in the country. He is a former professional baseball player in the Chicago Cubs organization and has also served as an associate scout for the Cincinnati Reds. As founder and CEO of Diamond Directors Player Development, C.J. has more than 22 years of player development experience and has built an impressive list of clients, including some of the top young prospects in baseball today. If your desire is to change your game for the better, C.J. Stewart has a proven system of development and a track record of success that can work for you.