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Christine Prescott

This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

(Psalm 118:24)

Some nights I write tomorrow’s “to-do list” before I go to bed so I won’t forget what I need to do. Some things, like getting the oil changed or washing clothes, are boring. Some things, like a dentist’s appointment, may bring apprehension (no offense, Dr. Cindy!). Some things are fun, like having lunch with friends or volunteering at the library. My first thoughts after I wake up are about what I have to do that day.

Why isn’t my first thought, “This is the day the Lord has made”?

Last week, while driving to Oregon, I was thinking about my itinerary and how hot it was going to be. Then I looked around and saw the beautiful forested hills and intriguing rock formations bordering I-90. I decided to enjoy where I was right now.

Why couldn’t I start each day enjoying where I am? Today I will have interactions with other people. Today there will be trees outside my window and birds and squirrels playing, the taste of my coffee, the early morning time of waking up and the evening time when my husband and I go for a walk. This is the day the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in this day simply because it is today and because God made it.

I am going to teach myself a new habit. Each day my first thoughts will be of God not of myself. Each day I will start the day by giving thanks for God’s gift to me of the new day.

I invite you to join me in an experiment this week. Every morning, we will wake up and say to ourselves, “This is the day the Lord has made.” We will put a note on our bathroom mirrors: “This is the day the Lord has made” in case we forget. My goal for myself and for you is to begin each day reminding myself that God made this day and that today will be a day of joy and gladness no matter what I have to do, no matter what happens.

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

Christine Prescott is the author of “Spiritual Nutrition: Healthy Eating for the Christian Heart” and does ministry at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Missoula. She can be reached at (406) 251-1435 or at cprescott@mtwi.net.

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