The Gift of Each Day
by Susan Ferguson
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This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24 KJV)
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, ďWe are always getting ready to live but never living.Ē I must confess Iíve spent a lot of time living for the next vacation and waiting for life to finally run smoothly. I do not greet my typical day, with its checklist of chores to be completed, with much enthusiasm. With Godís help, Iím learning to live in the present and view each day as a gift from God.
Jesus teaches us that children have divine qualities that we need to recognize and follow. Children live as if there is no past or future; they simply enjoy the present. They welcome each new day, making the most of every minute. By living in the future, we put off living until later. God wants us to live joyfully and enjoy the day He has given us. Each day is a gift from God, and we will never have this day again.
Some people dwell on the past and are haunted by bad choices and mistakes. Their thoughts are consumed with what could have been, or what they should have done. If left unchecked, dwelling on the past not only steals the present but can zap the joy of living. Our Heavenly Father wants us to live an abundant life in Christ, a life that grows in Him, a life that depends on Him, and a life of joy and peace.
Father, thank you for the gift of each day. Help us learn to live like children, who simply enjoy the present. Touch the lives of all who read this and bless them with your peace and joy. In Jesusí name. Amen.
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Very nice little message of encouragement, Susan. I must admit, I am actually looking forward to my next vacation (because it's less than a week away), but I hear what you're saying. Good reminder to take each day as it comes, and appreciate every moment.