I wistfully thought, “I just need a perfect day…”
Have you ever thought the same? Mine would be:
Waking up with only one alarm and fully rested. Spending a proper amount of time doing devotions. Having time for breakfast and leaving early to avoid traffic. I’d smile and have gracious responses to sassy, critical comments. A day when I’m joyful in all things, including 5 loads of laundry. A day to tackle projects-like organizing and decluttering. Or just sit and do nothing, or maybe read a book….
Mmmm sounds good….
After writing my perfect day, I realized, there’s nothing I couldn’t change to achieve that everyday. There’s some things I need to yield to the Holy Spirit’s working-discipline, and some prioritizing.… Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.
Sometimes writing ‘your perfect day’, helps you realize how you can take intentional steps to get there. And in the 10% of what happens to us, it gives us an opportunity to practice those gracious smiles and joy in everything! You’ll be proud of your day, and yourself then.
We have a choice everyday regarding our attitude and response. A perfect day is found in these verses about our responses:
The ‘Whatever’ verse – Philippians 4:8
“Whatever things are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, are of good report; if there be any virtue and praise, think on these things.”
(Raising teenagers whose favorite word was ‘whatever’, my mom would have us quote this verse!)
The No Grumbling verse – Philippians 2:14
“Do all things without grumbling and complaining.”
Joyful in all things verse – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
“Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s Will for you.”
Everyday is a good day when God is in it. Maybe that’s where changing our day needs to start, I know it often does in my life.
More than us fulfilling our responsibilities, God is concerned with how we go about it, our heart attitude, our holiness. “For this is the will of God, your sanctification” 1 Thessalonians 4:3.
A good resource for sanctification, being more like Jesus in how we live, would be my podcast Life’s Silver Linings episode “Hope for Changing”, which you can find here on our website, at a tab at the top of the page.
I’m so excited for you to write out your perfect day and take steps, spiritually and physically, to truly enjoy your day, a gift that will be gone tomorrow. A day where God’s purpose waits for you, where you can experience His love and share it!
Blessings to you on your journey of a more improved day in the Lord!
Blog written by Rebekah Wright.