Friday, October 26, 2012

Day 26—This is the Day

What a glorious smile!
            This morning I went to each of my children, cradled their faces in my hands, kissed each cheek, and instructed them, "Say, 'this will be a glorious day.'"  With a smile of "You're weird, Mom," they complied.   What made this day so glorious?  It was a day God has made.  Will your family be touched by the glorious-ness of today?

            What does the Bible say?

            Psalm 118:24—"This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it."

            In this particular Psalm, the people had a big reason to rejoice.  After being surrounded and living in fear of their enemy, God provided salvation.  At our house this morning, we did not have anything so dramatic.  In fact, the day was an ordinary day, more ordinary than most of our days:  lots of homework, lots of "Quit talking to your sister; neither of you are getting anything done," and lots of figuring out how to get everything done in a decent amount of time.

            Yet, it was a glorious day.

            Your Turn—How are you helping your children appreciate each day?  Do you appreciate each day?  Can you find something good about every day?  Even bad days are often filled with more blessings than disappointments.  Although you cannot ignore the "downers" on bad days, do you dwell on them and ignore the good things with your day? 

            Many days I feel like I walk around with a frown all day for no good reason.  Sometimes I struggle getting past the "poor-me" attitude, but it is definitely worth it when I do.  I just wish I could do it every day.  I am sure my family would rather be touched by my thankful, joyous smile than my frustrated, irritated grimace.  What about your family?  Surprise them—or your co-workers—tomorrow with, "Today will be a glorious day." or "This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it."

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