Just wondering . . . have you ever had a day when everything went right? Maybe it will be today. It’s a NEW DAY everyone and it’s Friday. Today I am thankful that there is a new day out there, are you? Before the sun comes up … think of it … what will I do today to make it better than the last? I have an idea. The first thing is protect my first half hour of the day. Proverbs 4:23 directs us to “Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts.” I wish it were as easy as putting that on a to-do list and at night, move it to the all-done list. Instead my heart is in competition with all the distractions of the day that try to drag me down. I’m pretty sure that’s why God created us with heels – so we could dig in and be tenacious in our pursuit of Joy.
Whatever happened yesterday, all the good and all the bad – well, that is so yesterday. What can we do with the past? Uh-uh! We don’t dwell on it. We learn from it and move on. If it was a great day, strive for an instant repeat today. Sometimes I think we need one of those wands that come with gaming systems. “Bring me one of those joysticks and let me pass it over the landscape before I enter.” Sounds like a great plan, doesn’t it? 1 Chronicles 16:10 says “Let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.”
Mark 1:35 records for us ”Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” That sounds like a great plan! In fact, I’m sure that’s where joy begins. I was reading Psalm 50 and loved this verse that ended the chapter. It says “It’s the praising life that honors me. As soon as you set your foot on the Way, I’ll show you my salvation.” There are few absolutes in life, right? But this, I know for sure. No matter what, no matter where, life is good, when God is there. The top priorities on every to-do list are ‘Honor God’ and ‘Serve Him Always’. Sometimes I forget to guard my heart and mind. I have to remind myself to fix my eyes on Jesus because he is Lord of my life and I love him. Hebrews 12:2 Talks about “fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.” In this life as we walk by faith, let’s remember that “If we get the inside right, the outside will take care of itself.” I pray joy over your day today. Let’s boldly go into it with a spirit of joy. Bring on the day!