Most of the time that’s not my problem. I don’t take them far enough. But sometimes the reason behind most New Year’s Resolutions is that we’re not satisfied. There’s something we need (or want) to change and we make a resolution to do it. Why do we wait until Jan 1? It looks cooler, I guess.
Inspired by my five year old, I have a lifelong resolution this year that I want to keep. It’s not something I can keep on my own. I have to have help.
Here’s the gist:
Every day, at some point in the day, my five year old says this phrase “I love this day”.
This week, however, it hit my heart in a way it hadn’t before. Beyond her sweet voice and simple words a deeper voice resounded…This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.
So many times we allow everything else expect the Lord to rule our hearts and direct our emotions. Instead of having a thankful heart, we find so many ways to be discontent.
It doesn’t mean trials, pain, and difficulties will not come. Those are a given in this world. But it does mean that my attitude should reflect the hope of Christ. My vision should be from heaven-shaded glasses. My choices should reflect someone who rejoices in the Lord.
And when I fail to ‘love the day’ (as most of us fail at our resolutions at one point or other), I can rejoice in the knowledge that I cannot ‘rejoice in the day’ without God’s help (and his constant reminder).
There is so much to find hope and joy in when you are loved with so GREAT a love as God’s love.
So – to quote the historically great thinker Junior Asparagus from the acclaimed movie Madame Blueberry 😉 :
A thankful heart is a happy heart
I’m glad for what I have – that’s an easy place to start
For my home on the ground for God’s love that’s all around
That’s why I say thanks every day.
I love this day.