In It

There are many common phrases that we have all heard regarding a “day”. Such as; “another day another dollar”, “the daily grind”, “day by day”, “one day at a time”, etc. Often these phrases come from a place of drudgery and surviving each day. In contrast, the Bible says in Psalm 118:24 that “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

I think about how my life and day might be different if I had an alarm clock that woke me each morning with the phrase: “Today is a day the lord has made; rejoice and be glad in it.” Instead of seeing each day as an obstacle to overcome, this phrase would set the day up as a reminder that I have the privilege to wake up and enjoy another day that God has made.

One of the key words in that passage for me is the word “in”. We are to “rejoice in it.” Rejoicing is easy on days that mark special occasions like weddings, or babies being born, or baptisms. Or, on days when we make that sale, are complimented by our peers, or make a great presentation. At those times, it is easy to be glad and rejoice. But, did God anticipate traffic, terrible drivers, snow covered roads, difficult people, torn stockings, broken shoelaces, cancer, addiction, pain? Yes, I’m sure He did. And, alas, we are still to “rejoice and be glad in it”—“in” whatever circumstances each the day may hold.

For me gratitude is the key that opens the door to rejoicing regardless of the circumstances. The reticular activator is the part of our brain through which nearly all information enters. What we focus on then triggers our reticular activator to try and find it. Therefore, if my focus is on gratitude, I’ve helped program my brain to see reasons to be glad and rejoice, which leads to peace and joy.

Every day is a choice to take part in the “daily grind” or to “rejoice and be glad in it.” Has traffic ever improved because of my frustration? Has a line ever moved faster? Has another person ever changed? Of course not, and it is a bit insane to think that my frustration could change a circumstance in which I have no control. What does happen, however, is that I get to be stuck in traffic and feel icky. What could change “icky” to peace and joy is to remember that this is the day God has made and I am to rejoice and be glad in it. I don’t always get to choose my circumstances, but I do have a choice of how I react “in” them.

Kelley Evans

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