Thursday, December 26, 2013

Just Another Day?

How quickly the day passes. In spite of all the preparation and all the decoration, Christmas has no more hours in its day than any other day of the year. It is fleeting, transient and momentary. It may be that the decoration are up for a month or so, the packages circle the tree with festive gift wrap and candy, cookies, and other goodies are prepared for with tender loving care. But it goes by just as fast. No slowing down time for this day.

Every day passes so quickly.  Even the best of days melts into ordinary life. We want the best days to go on forever. We want Christmas to last – savoring each joy of packages opened and all the laughter and fun.  We want marriage to last, children to stay young, parents to remain with us and sickness to stay away. Yet each day has its own set of problems. We wake up each morning and don’t know what the day will be like. We could be facing a red letter day or it could be a white flag day. We don’t get to know ahead of time all the things we will go through in our days. But if we did, could we prepare? Would we do things differently? Would we savor the good days and wish they’d never end?

If you are experiencing red letter days, then precious one, enjoy them to the fullest. If you can only find red letter moments in a day, then by all means rejoice in them. Every day is a gift for you, and the good days are especially important to enjoy, to remember and to give thanks for.

If you are experiencing white flag days, then precious one, know that white flag days don’t last forever. There is an end to every struggle, every trial and every problem.  Hardships don’t last forever and neither do hard days, hard weeks or hard times. If you are there, then hold onto God and let Him make you an overcomer through it all.

Aren’t we blessed to know that the same Jesus who was named Immanuel, God is with us, remains with you and I all through the years. Every day is made special by His presence. Every day is a teachable day because God is with us. Every day is worth enjoying because God created it and allowed us to be participants in these 24 hours.  Don’t fret over the day not lasting, rather rejoice over the day having been here.

Give each day your very best attention. Put Christ first, give Him the authority to run your schedule, set your time clock and work your hours.  Rejoice in each and every one of the days you have. Forgive everything that crosses your path. Drop everything that seeks to make your days less than wonderful. You cannot make a day better by concentrating only on the hardness or the pain. This day, just like Christmas, will never come again. There may be other Christmases, there may not. But this day is the day you have and it’s yours to give God the glory and live in the light of His Word.

Oh beloved, thank the Lord for your day. Thank Him for the opportunities He is going to allow you to have. Those opportunities may seem minor to you, but a kind word, a forgiving heart, and a helping hand are marvelous things in the grasp of the Holy Spirit. God knows your days get all jumbled together and He is personally acquainted with all the troubles, rejections, humiliations, problems and fears that you are facing. But because of Christ and His unspeakable gift, you can go through each day with purpose and faith. Don’t focus solely on the problems, but focus instead on the Word of God. You are His blessing to the world and there are wonderful delights awaiting you on this day. It’s not just the day after Christmas, it’s the first day of the rest of your life! Enjoy, receive, remain and give thanks!

God loves you and He’s for you and that’s why you can savor the minutes and the hours of this day and live it for Him. That’s a day with no regrets, living in the light of His glory and grace.

Psalm 118:24 This is the day which the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Psalm 5:3 In the morning, O LORD, You will hear my voice; In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch.

Hebrews 13:15-16  Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name. And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.

James 4:14 Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.

Matthew 6:34 So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Psalm 145:2 Every day I will bless You, And I will praise Your name forever and ever.

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