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Make Each Day a Better Day

By Consuelo (Chit) E. Munar

“You can’t have a good day with a bad attitude and you can’t have a bad day with a good attitude.” Unknown

Everyone needs a happy life, grow a healthy relationship, perhaps a successful career or business, and many things more, even if life is difficult. We are a hopeful people despite multiple opportunities to get disappointed, discouraged or even frustrated. Challenges test our attitude and, oftentimes, rob us of joy. All we could do is hope for a better day, a better tomorrow.

Do we have to go through life held hostage by our circumstances? “It doesn’t matter what happens around you if you have the Spirit of God within you,” says best-selling author and preacher Joyce Meyer. The Bible says that hope and happiness are not dependent on the world. Everyone can have peace, patience, joy and strength in great FAITH.

How can we achieve new level of joy and excitement about life everyday? Martin Luther once said, “to be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.” The way we start each day (the foundation we lay) will determine how enjoyable and how successful our day is going to be. One can’t expect to have a day filled with joy, optimism, opportunities, and personal progress without giving oneself the right foundation which is a “conversation with God.” A conversation with God every morning is the very best foundation one can lay. It is the only way to have a good day. Take the time to talk to God before trying to do what needs to be done that day. That’s what prayer is. Our God doesn’t just want us to be alive. He wants us to enjoy being alive. He wants us to live with joy- abundant, overflowing joy.

Society tells us to do one thing in order to succeed, but the Word of God often instructs us to do the opposite. In Galatians 6, the Bible tells us that man reaps what he sows. If we sow into other people’s lives, then we will bring a harvest of good things into ours. Believe that It is more blessed to give than to receive. Desire to help others. When you decide to help others, you’re not only going to improve their lives, you’re going to improve your own.

When we hear the words “invest” or “investing” our minds naturally go to finance. We may think of someone, perhaps a friend or an acquaintance, who presented with us an investment opportunity, where we could invest part of our earnings on a regular basis in order to prepare for the future. The concept of investing is quite simple: the more you invest, the longer you invest, and the better you invest, the better return on your investment. Investing requires discipline and sacrifice but it pays off in the end.

If we recognize the importance of investing financially, why don’t we invest in the rest of our lives – physically, emotionally and spiritually? There are few reasons why people neglect to take care of themselves. Their lives would be much better if they simply invest in themselves. The truth is if we don’t take care of ourselves, eventually we won’t have anything to give to anyone else. The best gift we can give to our family and friends is our health.

Nowadays, we’ve become too busy to exercise. We are too busy with other things that instead of investing in our bodies, we fill up our schedule with other activities, many of which are stressful that zaps the energy we have. It becomes difficult to invest in healthy living when we face incredible pressures of juggling career and parenthood, paying steep mortgages and inflated bills. Sometimes it’s a daily temptation to sleep less in order to catch up on something else work-related. Life is a gift and is meant to be joyful- we should slow down and enjoy that gift.

Think about this:

Someone who is unemployed is desperate for a job, while many people in comfortable jobs are grumbling about having to perform better in their jobs.

A person without a car dreams of having transportation, while someone who owns a car is more likely to complain about the cost of gas, oil changes and traffic.

We’ve been blessed with so much and yet we are often ungrateful. We concentrate on the things we don’t have, rather than the things we do have. Gratitude is born out of a heart of recognition-a heart that understands how much it has received. Most people would agree that we have a lot to be thankful for.

For people living in developed nations, our lives are often filled with conveniences. Many people live in comfortable homes, wear nice clothes and have reliable transportation. We have access to quality health care and education, live a good life with a lot of freedom, safety and security. It’s very easy to take these wonderful things for granted but we need to remind ourselves that millions of people around the world live without the basic necessities of life. Develop a heart of praise and honour the Author and Provider of all good things.

Lastly, receive and give grace. Grace is defined as God’s undeserved favour. Grace is available at all times but it is received only through faith. In other words, we need to ask for it and trust that we have it as a gift from God. There is no need we have that the grace of God cannot meet. Grace conquers our daily struggles. Grace makes us gracious. It is God’s graciousness towards us, and once we see how amazing it is, we eventually want to give it to others. Being gracious and merciful toward the people who hurt and disappoint us is one of the ways we can say “thank you” to the Lord for His grace toward us. It is what we need to live in peace and enjoy life.


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