How to Have a Great Day

“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

It might seem a bit arrogant to claim to know how to have a great day. On our own, we don’t have a clue. But the Bible provides much more than a clue as to how to have a great day.

The text above reveals the biggest hint of all: the Lord made this day. He gives us the breath of life, created us and the world upon which we stand, and upholds all things by the word of His power (Colossians 1:16, 17; Hebrews 1:2-3). The writer goes on in this verse to point out the only correct response to this knowledge: Let us rejoice and be glad in it. We worship the God who created it all and who continually sustains us by His grace. Today we might face innumerable challenges, but we need not get engulfed in negative thoughts: God made our day and we will, without a doubt, rejoice in it! Here are some practical steps to insure that we have a great day:

  1. Begin each day with God.

    When we arise, we should spend time with God. Jesus Himself began His day with God (see Mark 1:35). Few could ever claim to have been busier than Jesus during His earthly ministry, but He found time to spend many hours alone with His Father. As we begin each day, recount the blessings of the previous day, and worship God thankfully for His abundant provisions.

  2. Accept His sovereign plans for this day.

    Many of us have calendars, daily reminders, and digital apps that keep us on track. Planning makes good sense and has scriptural support (Proverbs 24:27). But we need to submit those plans to God and acknowledge that His plans may differ from our own (James 4:13-16). If we get surprised by some events of this day, we need to remember that God brought these things about for wise reasons, some of which escape our own reasoning. I know people who excel in planning, and inspire us by their sense of having it all together. But the same people can feel “upended” when things do not go as planned. Let us plan our days in wisdom and humble dependence upon God, but let us equally welcome the “surprises” God brings to help shape and form our characters. Such surprises force us to depend upon God for help and resources to manage these shifting currents.

  3. Be useful.

    While this may seem strange to worn out people who toil at work and fight traffic, God wants and expects us to be useful to Him. It is certainly not enough that we fill the day’s quota or “put in our time.” Someone has a need we can meet, or someone needs to hear an encouraging word. And all people need to hear about God’s love. They also need to see it in action. That’s where we come in. We tend to get caught up the day’s agenda, but God wants us to be a tool for Him.

    These three short rules can set the pace for our day and make it something more than a routine experience. Of course, God must remain the focus of our energies, attitudes, and worship. With this in mind, let’s rejoice greatly over the day God has made, and seek to please Him throughout.

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