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“The Makings of a Good Day”

Everybody wants to have a good day, but not everyone puts any or much effort in making each day a good one.  Of course, there are times we do our best, but things happen beyond our control and the day doesn’t just become a bad one, but a very, very bad day.  That’s a part of life.  We can’t control everything, but we can control more than we realize.  Let’s start with our attitude.  We’re talking about making our days good ones here.  It may be helpful to remember that every single day you live is a gift from God.  We don’t deserve this blessing, it’s not inherited and we certainly have not earned it.  The Bible says, “God’s mercies (blessings) are renewed (made fresh) every morning” (Lam. 3:22,23).  Every morning when I awake I try to remember and thank the Lord for His gift to me of another day.  And, it’s getting more often than not, when I get out of bed, I thank Him for the ability and strength to do so.

 

Another “mind habit” since we’re focusing on personal attitudes is, “Lord, help me today to help someone else.”  This may be your spouse, child, another family member or someone else.  (And ya know, “YOU just might be the one that YOU need to help!!!). God has given each of us the unique ability of making a difference in the lives of others.  So, by all means, when you leave the house, ask God to help you cross paths with someone you can encourage in some way.  This might be a friendly greeting or conversation, a smile, paying forward as you drive through the line at a coffee shop or fast food restaurant, or helping someone with a project.  There are boundless opportunities all around us where people – yes perfect strangers – who in a quiet, timid way are desperately wishing “Someone would notice them and give some evidence that they care.”  There are so many things you can do.  Take lunch or dinner to a shut-in, mow someone’s yard, walk the dog for a sick person, just be aware of the needs of others. 

 

Matthew 6:33 tells us, “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and all His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you.”  When we put God FIRST, that means He’s first in everything.  I don’t understand how electricity works, but we’d be lost without it.  I do know the power that comes to my house comes from some type grid which pushes the electricity through lines which produces power to my house.  What if EVERYTHING we did during the day – our thoughts, speech and actions, first went through the grid of our Lord Jesus Christ?  He produces the power for us to live and function, and His Spirit is our filter which separates the bad from the good in our lives.  Do you believe God can do that?  I sure do.  Think today about how you want to live your day and begin conditioning your mind to give the Lord your first thoughts when you wake up tomorrow morning.  Remember – every day is God’s gift to you and me.  Let’s not take a one of them for granted.

 

Pastor Carnes

NOTE:  I’m having major computer problems.  To the point where it’s impossible to run it off power which means I can’t re-charge its battery either.  It is in the process of being replaced.  Hopefully, I can get through this week and have the new computer up and working by next week.  IF – by chance you stop hearing from me over the next few days – my computer is the one that bit the dust.  When my battery dies, it’s gone.  I’ll be back ASAP.