Stop and think for a moment.  Think about a very happy time in your life.


Ok, now that you have had a few moments to think, what did you think?

I have several happy moments.  My wife has even made something we hang on the wall of our house – moments which have changed our lives.  These moments include our wedding and the births of each of our sons.

Perhaps for you this last week brought moments where you were... not necessarily happy.  If you live in the Midwest, you saw bitter cold temps.  With that weather brought several days of school cancellations. There were days where it wasn’t safe to leave the house.

That happened with us.  But, yesterday we were able to leave the house. It was one of our son’s birthdays.  We celebrated with him.

Today (the first day back in school after 5 days off!!!!) he said to me that he really liked…yesterday.  Of course he did!  There was no school, yet we were able to celebrate his birthday.  He had fun!  It was a great memory for him. A great memory for when he is asked…think of a very happy time in your life (like I asked you earlier).

But, what happens after that “happy time” is over?  Let down, right?  School opens again. Expected to work again.  Life continues again!  Happy time is over; back to everyday life!

However, can’t we be happy EVERY day of our life?  The Psalmist wrote these words: This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it (Psalm 118:24 NIV84, not NIV11).

It is almost a challenge.  Find something about TODAY in which you can rejoice.

I understand.  It is difficult at times.  Trust me, I am not a fan of the cold and snow.  I am pretty sure that I have a touch of S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder).    There are many areas of life which can get us to feel “the blues.”  And, those feelings make it very difficult to rejoice TODAY.

Back to my son – I challenged him to also be happy about today. Afterall, this day was also a day God made.  God wanted this day.  He wanted you to live in this day.  He wanted you to experience this day.  Yes, I know my son’s birthday came and went.  He will never again turn 6.  It was a very special day for him.  But, today is also a very special day for all of us.

Because God wanted this day.  He wanted you to be a part of this day.  Perhaps this is a day when you will share the love of Jesus with someone else.  Maybe today is the day when you will start to fully feel that love God has for you. Or, maybe today will just be like every other day.  Today nothing special will happen.  Today will be easily forgotten.

But, before you close the day, remember…this is the day God created.  He gave it to you as a gift; a 24 hour opportunity for you to grow closer to him; a day and night to know he loves you, has forgiven you, and even rejoices over you.

And, when you think about how much God loves you, enjoys spending each day with you, and rejoices over you…how can you do anything but rejoice…about TODAY!