Joy For All Seasons

Devotional
I have been known to be guilty of believing, like Scarlett O’Hara, that tomorrow will be better. I often gaze yearningly into the fantasy of the future and then mistakenly dream about fictional days that will certainly be exponentially more wonderful than any real today could ever be.

“Do not boast about tomorrow for you do not know what a day may bring forth.” ( Proverbs 27:1)

The simple truth is this … today is the very best day of my life. There is no richer or fuller gift than the undeserved endowment of the present.

I am able to choose how much splendor I will wring out of today. Will I slog through uncommon moments and look dull-eyed at all that I have been given? Or will I embrace the ordinary miracles that rear their lovely heads in every waking moment?

If my focus is fixed on the remote possibilities of tomorrow, I will never be captivated by the wonder of now!

“My mouth is filled with Your praise and with Your glory all day long!” (Psalm 71:8)

Perhaps you would like to spend just a few minutes of today making some declarations that have the power to unlock the beauty and glory of all of the “now” moments of your life:

Today I will splendidly spend time listening to others and not merely thinking about me.

I will celebrate my current season of life and not long for different days and activities than the ones that have been delivered to my doorstep today.

Today I will not worry about what I do not have but will gratefully share all that I do have with the people I meet along the way.

Today I will sing without regret and say “thank you!” loudly and often!

Today I will smile at children and give words of encouragement to strangers.

I will make myself at home in the pleasure of today and find the fingerprint of God in every moment. I will listen for His heartbeat and for the song of life that comes from heaven.

I will tie myself to the present … and be captivated by the gift of today!

“And my tongue shall declare Your righteousness and Your praise all day long.” (Psalm 35:28)

Joyful Thought to Ponder: What are 3 joyful things that you can choose to do any day of your life?