My alarm clock sounded its first alarm at 5 a.m. this morning. I automatically slapped the off button, knowing that the second alarm would follow 30 minutes later. At 5:30 I was awake and wishing it wasn’t Monday morning. I thought about the challenges of another week and I didn’t want the day to begin.
As I often do, I remained in bed, half asleep, and began praying. I started on my list of what I wanted God to do for me, and a Bible verse that I memorized as a child suddenly came to mind… “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”- Ps. 118:24
What an encouraging word to come from God! I stopped my list of requests and began to thank God for making today. Every day that we have life is a gift from God. We have the opportunity to begin each day rejoicing in what God has in store for us that day. If we believe that God has a plan and a purpose for us, how can we not look forward to the beginning of each day?
I headed for the gym with a changed outlook toward the day. Instead of dreading the beginning of a new week, I’ve been reminded that today was a gift from God. He made Monday for me to rejoice and be glad in it!