• John Allan

Have you ever had a morning where you couldn't find enthusiasm to get up...

Have you ever had a morning where you couldn't find enthusiasm to get up and face the day?

Or a day that started well, but by noon the "pep in your step" had worn off?

Psalm 118:24 holds the key to unlock a better outlook on those challenging days: Gratitude. "This is the day the LORD has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it." (NKJV)

Gratitude helps your perspective. Grateful people tend to enjoy life, and as Christians we have reason to be grateful! Consider some ways this verse can prompt you to be grateful:

"This is the day the LORD has made": It might not be the "best day ever," but you can be glad you have it. Somebody who was alive yesterday didn't get to wake up today. You did.

"We will rejoice": You can rejoice for health, that your life continues, and that God has blessed you with whatever time you have. This is time you can put to good use (consider Ephesians 5:15-16).

"And be glad in it": You could choose to find the worst in today. You could dwell on things that would put you in a bad mood. Instead, choose to be grateful for what God has given you. Aim to face the day with a good attitude.

Nobody can be a bundle of joy every moment of every day. But gratitude will help you squeeze more good out of life.

What will you do to show God you're grateful for the blessing of today?

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