“If you give up, if you sit down and stop fighting you will miss out on the joy that is up ahead. Sometimes it’s hard to believe that when we are so engulfed in the pain and grief of today but hanging on to today’s grief will cause you to lose the gift of tomorrow, for each day brings its own gifts.” Those were the words a good friend of mine once said to me when I was down to my last.
There are times when you just feel like the whole world is crumbling down on you and whatever you do seems not to matter. Those words have helped me to realise that I am exactly where I need to be – every day. Making peace with the circumstances of my life has brought to me a power that keeps me going.
Every day of my life I am excited to see what’s ahead, what’s around the bend, you know. I’m excited about the new adventures, new lessons, new friends, new truth, and new heights of joy that will come my way!
Every morning when we wake up from deep or restless slumber, the one thing that is certain is that we have been granted another opportunity to live, to dream, to work, and of course to win. It is also another opportunity to sin, gossip, backstab those who trust us, take God’s grace for granted and take pride in ourselves.
It is also an opportunity to be sad, depressed, faithless, and hopeless, feel worthless and ugly, reiterate mistakes made in the past, and dwell on the relationships that didn’t work, the job that never came and the dreams that are still unfulfilled. Every new day is an opportunity. The question is how are you making use of that opportunity?
Sometimes, it is difficult to be happy. It is difficult to look up and see a bright day; it is just difficult to even have hope because you have had so much hope in the past.
It is difficult to even remember God when you are being tested on such days. Believe me when I say I have been through this but it was just a matter of learning to see beyond the past circumstance and live in the moment.
Sometimes we are sad because we want to be in charge of how our lives play out, but the bible says “none can receive except God gives.” It means we cannot decide on how we want life to play out, we can only trust God.
If we are to trust God, then we must place every day i.e. every opportunity into His hands so that we can choose life, grace, love, happiness, strength to work and a winning attitude over depression, backbiting and backstabbing, gossiping, pain, regret, worry and everything else we think is important.
From here on, start to saturate your day in the power and grace of God. Let Him be your guide and your captain. Let His grace engulf you, and let His power strengthen you.
Give each day a chance of its own by placing it in God’s hands because if you refuse to let go of today then your hands will be closed and not open to receive the gifts of tomorrow.