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My little seven year old was sick and miserable. She had a cold: stuffy nose, cough and sore throat. She cried as I tried to get her to bed early. As an active kid, she hates bedtime. “Today is the worst day EVER!” She murmured.

“Oh really?” I replied. “Actually, today was a very special day. Do you want to know what wonderful things happened today?”

I caught a little flicker of interest and continued. “It all started when the last stars were fading away and the first beams of sunlight peeked its way into the sky. Then the golden sun shined its smile on the world. The trees waved their branches in the wind and the mommy birds flew off to get breakfast for their babies.” Now she showed a little smile as we talked about all the different animals.

“All over the world today people had a wonderful day. Do you know what they are doing on the south side of the world? People are swimming on the beach enjoying a hot summer day. Somewhere in the world a little boy just got a brand new shiny bicycle for his birthday. Some little girl brought home a new puppy. Today a woman who really wanted to have a baby, just found out she is pregnant. A little girl your age is flying on an airplane for the first time.”

The list kept getting longer… the mother who delivered a 6.8 pound baby boy named David, the kids playing in a moon walk at a birthday party, the farmer harvesting a good crop, the handsome man who knelt down to propose to his girlfriend under the moonlight, the little African kid fishing barefoot with his toes wiggling in the sand. By now Kristy was bubbling with excitement and the other kids had come in to join the fun as well, each adding their own touch of imagination.

While my intent had been to cheer up my grumpy girl, this little exercise had an unexpected effect on me. My own troubles seemed to melt away as I suddenly felt myself a part of this great and wonderful world, connected to all these people, sharing in the joy and wonder of “today”. And just imagine all the hundreds of millions of people who will be having a great day tomorrow.

So the next time you are having a bummer day, try taking a moment to share in the joy of the world around you. Today is really a wonderful day.

This is the day which the Lord hath made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. 


 
 
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        The clouds of discouragement and condemnation were dark and heavy around me. I managed to keep a smile on my face as I talked with people but inwardly I was so ready to cry.
        I was involved in a fundraiser, talking to people about the great missionary work we’d been doing. Yet within my mind, all my personal weaknesses, lacks, and failings were hitting me in the face. I was so sure the Lord must be looking down, ashamed at me for the failure that I felt I was.
         Then a man walked up to me and started telling me about his strange new concept on prayer. He said, “Everyone’s always talking to God, asking for this or that and full of all they want to say. But we never take the time to ask God ‘How was your day?
        He went on and on about how this simple question was such a revelation to him and he urged me to try it. I said I would, but was really thinking ‘strange guy’. Later the more I thought about it the more sure I was that I knew the answer I’d get to that question anyways. He would probably have some big message about how sad He was that I’d failed and disappointed Him.
        By the time I got home I couldn’t take it any longer. I decided to go ahead and ask the silly question, that some crazy guy told me to ask, and bravely take whatever judgment I deserved.
         The sun was just starting to set, The sky was beautiful, highlighted by the trees reflecting the light as the cool breeze floated through the air. I asked the question: “Jesus, how was Your day?” The answer came to me crystal clear and made me want to cry and laugh at the same time.
          He answered: “It was beautiful. Too bad you missed it. It was a day to praise Me and revel in My sunshine. I rejoiced today. I laughed today. I loved. It was a wonderful day and I wanted to share it with you but you wouldn’t look. Stop thinking with your mind and feel with your heart. Be still, let My presence fill you with joy. Look at my creation. Praise Me. Be a part of it. Don’t let it slip through your fingers.
        “The goal is to be a part of Me, close to Me and reveling in My spirit. My spirit is love, joy, peace. How can you give this to others if you don’t have it yourself. Smell the sweetness of My praises. Be a part. It’s not you attaining to Me. It’s being a part of Me, getting involved in the great song of life.”

            Wow! How often do we go around with our faces to the ground, splashing in the mud of discouragement? If we look inward at ourselves, it’s bound to get us down. Jesus didn’t tell us to look in, He said to look up.
        We have a God that is so great and so wonderful that all creation praises Him. So let’s quit singing our own woeful dirges. Get up and get involved, however small your part, in the great song of life.

Posted by Marie Morrow