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Have A Good Day!

Read: Psalm 118

I wonder how many times I say it... Have a good day! I ask my wife and kids a different version…Have a good day? In England, a typical salutation is Good Day! It could mean hello or goodbye, though mostly goodbye.

Do we really wish the other person to have a good day? Do we intend it as a question? Is it an either-or? We all have bad days and good days, and sometimes the quality of our days is directly related to external factors beyond our control.

What are some factors that help you have a good day that are within your power to control? Holding grudges will hurt no one but yourself and steal your joy. An ungrateful heart will rob you of the happiness of each new day. A judgmental spirit will draw your attention away from the most silver of linings to the darkest edges of even the most beautiful clouds. You can load yourself down with worry, shame, or guilt and never see the blessings of everyday life.

What can we do to have a good day? Start by examining your attitude. What is cluttering up your mind so much that you allow it to rob you of spiritual joy? Why not exchange those harmful thoughts for something rooted in the strength and love of the Lord? We all tend to wake up on the wrong side of the bed, but when we do, we must pray for the Lord to “renew” the right spirit within us. Ask God to restore the joy you seem to have temporarily misplaced. Spend a few minutes thanking God for each blessing. You cannot curse others when your mouth is full of blessings!

Remember how Pastor Paul admonishes us in Philippians 4:4-8, “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

Regardless of what the media may say, the world is still full of beautiful people, places, and things. The Spirit of the Lord is still at work around you; renewing, blessing, and reviving. Think about these things, and you won’t have time to worry.

This is the day the Lord has made.

We accept it as a gift from God.

This is the day the Lord has made.

We ask for forgiveness for the times we’ve spoiled this day.

This is the day the Lord has made.

We ask for a clean heart, renewal of mind, and righteous spirit.

This is a day which the Lord has made.

We will rejoice and be glad in it!


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