CELEBRATE THE DAY

News Flash: today is not an accident. “This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24). God made this day in your life. Now, you could be tempted to say, "Perhaps he made this day, but I ruined it before it arrived with some of my dumb decisions." No matter how things may appear, your day is not ruined. It may be difficult, but it's not ruined. This is the day that the Lord has made, and he intends to accomplish one of two things in the next 24 hours: He will carry you through whatever situation you're facing right now, or he will deliver you from it.

He made this day to strengthen you. He made this day to empower you. He made this day to change you. He made this day to move you one step closer to the person he has designed you to be. You can celebrate today, and every day to come. No matter what troubles may be lurking around, just waiting for you to get out of bed so they can begin to do their dirty work, you can make a choice to celebrate this day in anticipation of what God is going to do.

Too often when we're facing hard times we start the day thinking about, "What bad thing will blindside me today? What will the next problem be? What else can possibly go wrong?" If you would be honest with yourself, you would be saying, "This is the day that my problems have made, I will complain and grumble about everything." Before you know it, you’re completely focused on the power of your problems, or the power of your mistakes, or the power of your sinfulness, or the power of your enemies — and you're not thinking about the power of God. You're not thinking about how he has designed this day to bring good into your life.

Therefore, the best way to learn to celebrate each day is to make it a habit to get in God's presence as early as possible. As soon as you wake up, as soon as you've shaken out the cobwebs and you're capable of coherent thought, get alone with God and lay your day at his feet. This is exactly what Jesus did. “Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray.” (Mark 1:35)

You can also celebrate each day deciding from the get-go that you will bring an encouraging word to everyone you encounter. The first on this list should be your family. If your kids are ready for school on time, or if they're running a little behind, make an effort to say words that will encourage them. When you stop for your morning coffee, if the waiter gets your order right, or if your waiter gets your order wrong, make an effort to speak words of encouragement. When you arrive at your job, and if your boss greets you with a smile, or if he starts yelling at you before you have time to punch the clock, make it a point to speak words of encouragement to him or her.

Celebrate the day. It is the day that God has made. Look for signs of his presence. Look for opportunities to grow. Look for solutions, look for possibilities. It's God's day. He made it for you to experience him.

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