This is not an “Ask Pastor Jason” blog post but I wanted to talk about how we view each and every day. This has been on my heart for a while but I have not felt like it was time to write about it.
What was the first thing that you though about when you woke up this morning? Was it, “Oh, just another day,” or, “More routine and no excitement,” or maybe, “How can I face another day like yesterday?”
I know many of us are facing hard things in life and if you’re not, the fact is, you will or you have. I believe this is just another part of this life we live. Many people have been taught that if you are a Christian then hard times are just a sign that you are not where God wants you and you need to change something about yourself.
I think there is a little truth here is one aspect. We all have areas in our lives that we need to change but that does not determine whether or not we are facing hard time. Sometimes life just gives us a hard time. Have you ever been there?
All of us need to be looking at the next step in our journey with Jesus and seeing how we need to grow. This is what I think a true sign of maturity is – know that we have not arrived but having a desire to get to where our Rabbi is leading.
I want us to start looking at a new day not as just another day but as a gift that we have been given by our Abba (our Daddy). I love how each day starts with a sunrise and by the time I get up, He is already preparing my day or my gift for me. Each day is another opportunity to reflect the “SON” and chase away the darkness that we see in this life. I know many of you are thinking that this is such an idealistic view of life. Well, it may be but that has come from learning to trust in God’s presence in my life. Have you ever though that His presence in your life will determine how you view the rising sun of the morning and each new day? I know what you are thinking, “What about the days that I know are going to be bad?” Well, I think that is where you have to determine whether or not you are going to allow His presence to make a difference in your preconceived ideas about His plan. Think about it, when you know you are going to have a bad day, you are already defeated and have already put God in a box. You have already determined the outcome. So, if each day is a gift from our Abba and we face the day with this attitude of thankfulness for this gift then we are allowing God to do what He wants in this twenty-four hour gift.
I am not talking just about positive thinking because that is just a human way of saying, “I am going to make myself think it’s all good by my actions.” I am talking about giving glory for another day to God the Author and Finisher of our faith and our day. You see, each day He is giving you another gift for you to use. The choice is are you going to use it for His glory or for self-satisfaction and your glory. I think may times when I have had a bad day it has been because I did not get what I wanted out of it. Many time I have seen that my pans were not fulfilled, but God’s were. I guess I am just asking you to start thinking different about this gift that we have all been given. Here are some scripture to meditate on as you think about all of this.
Psalm 118, Psalm 92, Psalm 95 and Zephaniah 3
In His Grip,