Are You Looking For the Good?
by Danita Harris

Psalm 118:24 says, "This is the day that the Lord has made, let us be glad and rejoice in it!" This is a very popular Bible verse that I've heard lots of times, but recently it took root in my spirit. Do we really rejoice in the fact that we are living today? Do we appreciate how much God really loves us? He loves us so much, that he gave his only begotten son to die on the cross for our sins. Or is it easier to get caught up in the hassles and struggles of everyday life, and not take the time to rejoice in the Lord. I had to "check" myself about this, because I was allowing people and situations to distract me from finding joy in being a part of "the day".

When you think about it, no day will ever be "perfect", but we can find peace and happiness in the One who is perfecting us for His glory. Let's face it, most of us are stressed out and we need to revive our spirits. And with the arrival of warm weather a good pick-me-up is to get out and engage in activities with our family and friends. But let's not forget to take some time each day and rejoice in the Lord. He has been so good to us and He deserves our praise. Besides, you'll be amazed at how your attitude will change for the better, once you reflect upon the goodness of God. I tried it and it really works!

I encourage you to find the good in each day that God has allowed you to see. There is beauty in it, but we have to be willing and open to finding it, or letting "it" find us. Either way, you never lose when you rejoice in God. Also, try to avoid thoughts and conversations that are not positive. Watch what you say and consider your actions towards others. In my case, it became a serious struggle not to fall into the negative energy that was around me. But when I made a decision to rejoice in the "day" that God had created, in spite of what's going on, my attitude and thoughts became more spiritual and less carnal. I'm not saying this will happen overnight, but it will happen if you take the time to appreciate the day God created.

So, I'm going to ask you the same question I ask myself when I feel like my day is getting off track. I want you to really think about it and not answer too quickly.

This is the day that the Lord has made...are you rejoicing in it? Hmmm.

Danita Harris is an anchor at WEWS News Channel 5 and can be seen daily on Good Morning Cleveland and News Channel 5 at Noon. She loves to write poetry, sing, and volunteer with The Girls Club of Ohio. Danita loves to encourage people in the Lord, and prays everyday that people would see the light of the Lord in her life.

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