The Carpenters sung about how Rainy Days and Mondays always got them down. Today both are in play on a rainy day in Texas. We often joke about how much we hate Mondays.
But one of the things I learned in writing Stay is that everyday is Saturday for our canine friends. They find joy in each day no matter how they feel or what the circumstances might be. One story that did not make the book involved our newest rescue friend Maggie. One day Joni and I heard a commotion from the home office. I went to investigate and found Maggie joyfully pulling each sheet off the printer as they came off. The machine was playing with her! This is a great day!
Hannah woke up convinced that every day was the best day ever. Maggie does the same. I think Satan’s strategy is devastatingly simple and effective. He wants us to live in regret of the past and fear of the future, effectively robbing us of the joy of today. Find something to love each day, even on your worst day. Trust me; it’s out there.
The LORD is my strength and shield.
I trust him with all my heart.
He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy.
Look for something to make you smile today. Look for something sacred in your routine. Every day is a treasure. Every day that you can look into the eyes of those you love is a gift. Jesus knew what was really important. He wasn’t a cosmic killjoy trying to keep us from pleasure. Jesus taught us what mattered.
What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self? Luke 9 NIV
Here is the good stuff. Loving your family. Having friends who will be there when things are rough. Knowing that you and those you love have a relationship with the living God. Don’t let the world tell you otherwise.