So yesterday I was walking through the hallways of the school where I teach, and what did I see? Sitting on a little table right outside of our school library… were several old books that they were giving away! Of course, being a book lover, I had to explore the little gems that were there, and walked away with several new treasures!
One of them was a book from over ten years ago by author Max Lucado called Every Day Deserves a Chance, and so when I woke up this morning, I started reading it.
Max’s key Bible verse in this book was one of my personal favourites – Psalm 118:24: “This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it!” I remember when our kids were younger and we would drive them to school, I would always ask them the question, “Does anyone know what day it is today?” And they would respond by quoting that Scripture.
Do YOU know what day it is today?
And so, on this rainy Saturday morning, I wanted to share with you a few encouraging thoughts from the first chapter of Max’s book, with the hope that it would encourage you to choose joy today, too! I know that’s not always easy (trust me on that one!), but I also know that it’s worth the fight.
EVERY DAY DESERVES A CHANCE: By Max Lucado
“This is the day that the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24). The first word in the verse leaves us scratching our heads. “This is the day the Lord has made.” Perhaps holidays are the days the Lord had made. Wedding days are the days the Lord has made. Easter Sundays… super-sale Saturdays… these are the days the Lord has made. But “this is the day”?
God made this day, ordained this hard hour, designed the details of this wrenching moment. He isn’t on holiday. He still holds the conductor’s baton, sits in the cockpit, and occupies the universe’s only throne. Each day emerges from God’s drawing room. Including this one.
So I decided to give the day a chance, change my view, and imitate the resolve of the psalmist, “I will rejoice and be glad in it.”
Oops, another word we’d like to edit: in. Perhaps we could swap it for after? We’ll be glad after the day. Or through. We’ll be glad to get through the day. Over would suffice. I’ll rejoice when this day is over. But rejoice in it? God invites us to…
Imagine the difference if we could.
Suppose neck deep in a “terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day,” you resolve to give it a chance. You choose not to drink or work or worry it away but give it a fair shake. You trust more. Stress less. Amplify gratitude. Mute grumbling. And what do you know? Before long the day is done and surprisingly decent.
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I personally know what it’s like to be overwhelmed by stress, busyness, frustration and even depression. But today, I want you to know that I’m praying for you to experience God’s peace, joy and hope in a new and a fresh way. Whatever you’re going through, choose to rejoice in today, and let the joy of the Lord give you strength!
– Chris Jordan