This past weekend I turned 50. That sounds like an incredibly long time, yet it flew by so fast. So often we take each day for granted. When we do that, we will often miss the beauty that each day brings. I’m writing this right now, sitting on my front porch listening to the wind through the trees, the birds are singing and I can hear the bustle of people starting their day. I’m looking at a clear blue sky and thinking what a wonderful day this is starting out to be.
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. -Psalm 19:1
But not only that, I awake to see the opportunity that God has put before me. The opportunity to work, the opportunity to help people, the opportunity to love others and the opportunity to praise and worship our king. Let us not forget that God gave us this day for a reason. We need to be attuned to him and the opportunities will present themselves. We will see where God is working and we will see the miracles that he does each and every day. We just need to pay attention.
For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. -Philippians 1:6
My vow for the next 50 years, God willing, is to wake each day with renewed purpose. With attentiveness to where God is working. And a renewed resolve to spend time in God’s word and in worship to him.
For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning. -Psalm 30:5
I challenge everyone reading this to start their day with a quick prayer of thanks and ask God to reveal to them his glory.