There was a time in my life when I heard the whispers of God deep in my soul, “This is your day. Make it a great day.”
Busyness had defined many if, not most of my days. I failed to see the gift of the day, especially the crazy, busy, crash and burn days. The narrative had become–“Get it done.”
I was powering through the days with such intensity that I failed to see the value of each and every day. Before I go on, let me clarify failure. Because. Failure never has to be a dead-end but rather a beginning of something more. So.
Failure is something we’ve done; it’s not who we are.
It’s a choice to allow failure to teach a lesson and be a catalyst to stepping into the more-of-God.
My philosophy on failure is this: I need to own the failure and learn from it. Yes. Failure is painful; however, it teaches powerful lessons, leading to incredible growth.
I wanted to teach my children what I learned about the gift of the day. The daily drill was simple. I went into their rooms and sang to them:
“This is the day, this is the day(Written by Dolores Mary O’riordan)
That the Lord has made, that the Lord has made
I will rejoice, I will rejoice
And be glad in it, glad in it.”
You might think this was a lovely, wonderful daily drill. I will say that my daily effort was received fairly well in the early years; however, it often irritated them in their teen years. Their teenage response went something like this: “Mom. Oh my gosh. Every. Single. Day.”
I would smile at them, telling them, “This is your day, a gift from God.”
My true intent was to drill this magnum truth deep into their soul. The thing is . . .I believe it was a BIG gift in their life . . . because I see them leaning into this truth every. single. day. ( I’m still waiting for them to give me a standing ovation for the daily drill.)
It’s what the Psalmist wrote: This is the day the Lord has made.
We will rejoice and be glad in it (Psalm 118:24, NLT).
It’s today’s Advent Thought: The birth of Christ brings celebration of the with-God life to the forefront. Each and every day is God-made, an amazing gift.
The daily drill: “This is the day God has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it.”
Today, regardless of the challenges, is your day. It’s a gift made for you. Make it a great day. –Kerrie
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