Friday, December 29, 2023

This Is the Day - Kayla Leinbach

this is the day
This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in itPsalm 118:24 KJV

The first few notes of my alarm clock jarred me awake.

7:08 a.m. Another day to get through. I was exhausted and didn’t want to go anywhere. Life was too busy. Getting up and going to work or classes only weighed me down a little more each day.

My fingers hovered over the snooze button—my spirit unwilling and my flesh content with weakness.

“I hate Wednesdays,” I growled, flinging back the sheets and rolling off the bed.

Most people can relate. We have things to do and should do them for God’s glory. But a weight keeps us flattened on the ground—exhaustion, anxiety, depression, loneliness, or inexplicable things that annoy or discourage us.

On days like this, I blame the day itself—as if it’s the earth’s fault for rotating around the sun. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday—it doesn’t matter what our schedule is or what day it is. There’s always something about every day that we hate. Monday, because the weekend is over. Wednesday, because there’s still half the week left. Thursday, because it’s not Friday. I could continue.

As I whirl through the vicious cycle of racing time and crushing work, it’s easy to let myself fall into the trap of blaming the day for my problems. But God made each day and said they were good. Each day is a gift and another opportunity to serve and glorify Him. After all, He didn’t have to give us another day.

The Bible does not say, “We will rejoice if good things happen today.” We will rejoice because today is God’s perfect creation. When we take time to serve God and make the most of each day, He will bless us.

What are some ways you can thank God for the gift of today?

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Kayla Leinbach is a college senior majoring in professional writing. She loves her dog, music, coffee, snow, and a cozy book on a rainy day. Her goal with writing is to bring glory to God and give a little enjoyment to anyone who reads it.


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