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Choose to Rejoice

This is the day that the Lord has made; I will rejoice and be glad in it.  Psalm 118:24 NIV

choose to rejoiceThe sign in front of a small local church read, This is the day that the Lord has made. Don’t mess it up.

At first, I chuckled. But then, in seriousness, wondered how often my attitude might have messed up a wonderful day the Lord made for me. 

How many times have I missed a glorious sunrise because I grumbled about my schedule for the day? How often have I overlooked a beautiful sunset for the same reason? How often have I messed up things because someone in my life—a friend or family member—didn’t do it “my way”? Even once is too often. Every day is a day the Lord has made, so we should rejoice and be glad in it.

Today, I choose to focus on all that He has done for me, offered me, and even challenged me with. I choose to remember His love—the love He has shared with me through the laughter and tears of friends and family. Love that He has shared with me through sermons, hymns, and prayers from my years of faith in Him.

God shows us love daily through His majestic creation. Just look at the world surrounding us—the blue sky, the grass, the trees, the fields, the flowers, and the animals. His love and beauty surround us.

This is the day the Lord has made. Choose to rejoice and find His hand at work as He pours His love into your life and the lives of those you love. Choose to celebrate.

What are some ways you can celebrate each day?  

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Susan Paulus

Susan Paulus is the mother of three adult daughters and grandmother to nine and has been married for over 60 years. She loves her part-time job at her small church in Northwest Ohio, is challenged by the two writers' groups she attends, and loves remembering she was led to the Lord in the mid 1970's by a woman who prayed, "Lord, use me."