Our theme for this month: “You Gotta Keep Dancing”
Our Bible verse for today: “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Choose to enjoy the day”
As I sit here writing this it’s early in the morning. There’s a hint of dawn in the eastern sky. The windows in my office are open, the birds are chirping as they greet the new day, the ceiling fan is swirling creating a pleasant breeze, and there are deer grazing in my yard. And I have a cup of coffee. It’s a peaceful and relaxing moment and I’m enjoying it.
As I contemplate the day before me I know there are issues that will have to be dealt with. For one thing, it’s sermon-writing day. That’s always a joy but also a burden. Writing a sermon is hard. It takes hours of intense concentration and it’s spiritually and emotionally draining. By the time I’m done I’m not good for much else for the rest of the day, certainly not anything creative.
My sister has also moved to our town and is beginning a whole new chapter in her life. Today is her first full day here and I will spend some time today helping her to get settled. There’s more. The lawn needs to be mowed and watered, I have to check the dogs for ticks, and the oil in the car needs to be changed. But you don’t need to hear about my stuff because you have plenty of your own stuff to deal with – probably a lot heavier stuff than checking the dogs for ticks.
If we’re not careful we can easily get caught-up in thinking about all the chores we have to do and the burdens of life we have to deal with, and we can miss the simple joy of just being alive. I need to be conscious of the fact that the Lord has granted me another day of life. Birds are chirping in the trees, deer are grazing in the yard, a cool breeze is blowing through the windows, and the coffee tastes good. For the moment it’s enough to just relax and enjoy that.
I love Psalm 118:24 – but I think it needs to be personalized. It says let “us” rejoice and be glad in the new day. I think it should read “I” will rejoice and be glad in it. This needs to be about each of us individually.
Don’t miss the miracle of simply being alive today. Notice the small blessings and enjoy the simple pleasures. This is the day the Lord has made, I encourage you to rejoice and be glad in it.