Making Today Great
By Barbara Beck
Today is a wonderful day in the Lord, and I hope you’re being really intentional about making this a great day. You know, I remember Mr. Rogers singing his little song to his audience about it being a wonderful day in the neighborhood, and him saying, “so let’s make the most of this beautiful day.” You know, even though most people don’t see it that way, it really is a decision we make as to whether or not we have a good day. Circumstances do not make a great day necessarily.
Rarely do we have a day where everything goes our way. The air conditioner breaks down, the ice maker stops working, the car has a flat tire. We have a disagreement with a co-worker, spouse or child. Lots of things happen that can make our day pretty miserable, UNLESS, we are intentional about relying on God to help us through.
My daughter recently took a red-eye flight across the country, landed at 6:00 am and had to go to work that morning. Believe me, she did not have an easy day. She was tired. Probably a little unfocused. Maybe even grumpy? The only thing I could tell her was to rely on God as her strength.
And then there’s the issue of gratitude. If we are truly thankful to God every day for all of His blessings, then our perspective turns to one of eternal significance rather than earthly concerns. So let’s start our days with thanking God and depending on Him to not just get us through our days, but to really enjoy them and grab hold of all He has to offer.
My life is blessed beyond measure, not because it’s perfect, but because my Savior and Lord Jesus Christ loves me and has me in the palm of His righteous right hand. I marvel every day at the gift of life and cherish those around me who make me smile and add such joy to simple pleasures: my 3 Adorables (grandchildren; I know, I’m old), my husband of 43 years, my beautiful daughters, friends, co-workers, my sweet 92-year old mother and her “boy” friend…yes, I laugh every day, and I’m blessed.