“This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it!” Psalm 118:24 (NKJV)
Sometimes we think ahead and plan for a day we have planned weeks or months ahead. Planning and expecting for an event that we are excited about. This is not a bad thing, except when it prevents us from enjoying day to day life. Over-expectation for a future event can rob us of joy for today. It can create anxiety that breeds discontent.
Having dreams and goals and making plans is something we all should do. It is important to set the bar high, work hard and strive for the life you want for you and your family. But don’t let your want for the future make you worry! Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV) says, Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
In all of our planning and scheduling, goal making and striving for more, we must remember to trust the Lord that He’s got everything in control and that He’s got our best interest in mind! I am reading through the book of Psalms right now and I came across a verse that really struck a chord with me and gave me more faith that God’s really got me! Praise the Lord; praise God our savior! For each day he carries us in his arms. – Psalm 68:19 (NLT)
It is vital that if we are to possess the joy we desire, that we learn to live in the day to day moments that we have. The next hour, the next day, the next week is not promised to us! Yes, we trust that the Lord will sustain our lives but none of knows when our last breath will be. We’ve got to learn to get up in the morning and say to ourselves, “The Lord made this day. It’s a good day!” And really mean it!
For a long time, I did get up in the morning and recite that verse out loud. (Psalm 118:24) It didn’t always feel real to me. I knew that the Lord made the day He gave me good and I wanted to feel happy and be expectant for good things to happen. I wanted to experience the joy and peace He wants to give each of us. There is a secular saying, “Fake it ’til you make it.” I believe more in, “Faith it ’til you make it!” The difference is when you are putting your trust in the One who has everything in control, it’s not fake! Your faith is in His word and His promises are true! So you keep putting your life in His hands every single day until you experience and possess the joy and abundance of life He wants to give you!
Today is important because it is a building block in a culmination of days that will get you to where you want to go in this journey called life. If today is all we have and we know we will possess what we desire because the Lord has given a promise and we are working alongside Him to obtain that promise, then why should we not enjoy every. single. moment?
What is holding you back from enjoying today? What is in the way of you making the most of today? Let go of the fear or anxiety that is preventing you from enjoying your life and the lot the Lord has given you. Don’t be afraid to work toward your goals and create the life you desire.
“Nothing is impossible with God.” – Luke 1:37 (NLT)
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. – Mark 11:24 (NIV)
As believers in Christ, where does our faith really lie? Are we really believing the Word of God? Every day is important and if we trust in the Lord, He will make our paths straight! Don’t be afraid to let go of the anxiety, discontent, and fear that is preventing you from enjoying this very day, this very moment that is a gift from the Lord. You only live this minute, hour and day one time!
Let’s make the most of it!