It was the day I never thought would come.

You imagine it, but the reality of it is surreal.  There’s no way around it.  It just is.

Our oldest boy is going to medical school, and this is the white coat ceremony, and today he will take the pledge and receive his white coat and what has been before now a dream will become a reality.  Just like that.

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I tear up several times in the ceremony.  It’s what mom’s do.

When it is almost over the dean stands to address the students.

To tell them the one thing they can do that will change their lives.  One thing, if practiced for the next 10 weeks, that will define them forever.

I am intrigued.

This is the dean of a highly accredited medical school.  A brilliant man.  My mind races ahead of the lecture.  What is this one thing?

He starts talking about God, and I remember this is a Catholic school my son has chosen to attend.  I feel God here, His hand over this, His watchcare over all the moments that have led my son to be right here, right now. I look back and see how all of the days and months and years have led to this.  I focus back on the lecture.  I listen as he tells the group of students standing there in their white coats, “You are not here because of your education or your achievements.  You were hand picked because your application represented a life devoted to the practice of service.”  I think of Caleb, and I know that is true of him, it is the hallmark of his life, this service.


And then the challenge comes.

“I have an invitation for you,” the Dean pauses for a minute and then continues, “If you will add this one practice to your daily habits it will define your lives.  I challenge you to do this for ten weeks.  Why ten weeks?” he asks, “because that is how long it will take for this to become the pattern of your life.”

“Every single day, I invite you to ask God what is the One Thing you can do for him tomorrow.  Focus on the one thing.  Write it down.  Accomplish it.  If you do this, it will make you more disciplined.  It will make you more dedicated.  It will change your life and the lives of those you associate with.  I am not asking you to focus on doing a lot of things the right way, I am asking you to find the One Thing you can do for Him.  It will teach you about generosity.  It will teach you about time management.  It will teach you compassion.”

I know the challenge is meant for them, for the men and women standing there in the white coats.  But I commit myself to try it.  The ten week challenge.

Starting today.

Perhaps you will join me.

insight and inspiration:

…being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it…

Philippians 1:6

the invitation:



Join us on this 10 week challenge.  Print out this chart to help you keep track of your One Thing every day.  Consider using the One Thing design for the wallpaper of your phone.  Print out a reminder for your mirror or your fridge.  Most important, we would LOVE for you to send us your experiences and how they are changing your life and the lives of people around you.  For the next 10 Wednesdays we will be posting these experiences.  Do you know someone who would like to participate?  Invite them!!  Let’s fill the world with God’s goodness for the next 10 weeks.



Emily Freeman
Emily Freeman took her first creative writing class in high school and has loved writing ever since. She finds great joy in studying the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. Her deep love of the scriptures comes from a desire to find their application in everyday life. She is the author of several books, including The Peter Potential: Discover the Life you Were Meant to Live; 21 Days Closer to Christ; and Written On Our Hearts. There is nothing Emily enjoys more for breakfast than a bowl of coconut ice cream, strawberries, and toasted coconut. Other favorites include parades, vacations, firework displays, and going for a long walk with a good friend. Emily and her husband, Greg, live in Lehi, Utah, with their four children, whom she adores.
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