It’s Monday~Today I woke up with this scripture in my mind:
This is the day which the LORD has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24)
That means that regardless of what is going on in our lives and the challenges we are going to face….we can still acknowledge that God created this day and He has given us another 24 hours. So let’s walk into it in joy no matter what might be coming our way. That is not always easy. Right now, I still have many things weighing on me. But you know what? I, for one, am sick and tired of letting the stresses around me determine my mood. Somehow I allowed myself to fall into this trap. And then like a snowball gaining momentum, it has tried to take me down. Lately, though, I have been reminding myself that what I think determines how I will feel. And how I feel often determines my actions. And those actions can either lead me to go for a walk around my neighborhood to start the day or take a walk to the refrigerator to start my day. What would I rather do? Let my feelings control me? Or instead—take control of them??
Why should we make a point to be joyful even if the circumstances look impossible? It’s because ‘ the joy of the Lord is our strength’ (Nehemiah 8:10) That means we actually get STRENGTH from taking joy in God’s grace, mercy and the peace He gives us. There is a certain joy that only comes from Him. It is a peace that exists within even when everything around us appears to be up in the air. It is what gives us the ability to keep moving forward even if we don’t know what tomorrow may bring.
Today we may be facing mistakes from yesterday. Maybe we ate more than intended. Maybe we did not exercise. Now Monday feels like the beginning of a week that already starts with a disadvantage. Let’s put all that aside. Let’s take any mistakes or regrets and throw them as far away from our thoughts as possible. Just like God removes our sins as far as the East is from the West (Psalms 103:12), we also need to remove from our thoughts the past mistakes that are weighing us down. We do not need to live in regret. We need to live with promise! And that is what I intend to do!
We have been given promises from God. He has told us that we can do all things through Christ (Philippians 4:13) He has promised us that no weapon formed against us shall prosper (Isaiah 54:17) And yes that means brownies and cupcakes too if those are the weapons that are dragging us down!!!! In the end if we keep putting one foot in front of the other….remaining close to God and asking for strength…..refusing to dwell on our mistakes and instead moving forward in hope…..then we will be successful. We will overcome. And we will take Monday and make it a success!!
This is the pep speech I gave myself this morning so thought I would share it. I am making a concerted effort to set my mind straight every morning before my feet even hit the floor. Today I will remember that 30 seconds at a time is how we get from point A to Point B. There is always something we can do to make progress. But we must let go of whatever is dragging us down. Instead, we move forward knowing that hope is there and every day is a new opportunity.