It would be a safe bet that most people either know the song or the scripture. It's uplifting, the song is catchy and for me it sticks in my head on repeat. But let me ask you, do we really live this way or do we live in more of a "This is the day the Lord has made, but I'm too irritated or busy to notice."
Have you ever had a situation where you woke up and decided immediately it was going to be a great day? I think we all have that intention, some days of course are easier than others, but couldn't we all say, "Yes I'd rather think about having a great day than a bad one."? Then one thing happens to set us off course. Maybe the coffee maker didn't work. Maybe there was a lot of traffic. Maybe the phone wasn't working properly or wifi was down. These are pretty simple examples but ones we've probably all experienced at some point. Or maybe you're day was going great and the person you had to spend the morning with was a real scrooge and suddenly your energy started to shift too. Whatever the case may be, my point is that WE ALL EXPERIENCE IRRITATION, minor or otherwise.
Last week, I was going through a lot of anxiety. I had been studying for two weeks for a state exam and the date was fast approaching. I was battling my mind, telling me I needed to study more, but my instinct was, I've studied enough and more was only making me anxious. Needless to say my emotions were a bit on edge. I stuck to my yoga and meditation practice, but I felt distracted. One morning, in the midst of my practice, I got a text from my husband that was let's say, "heated". He'd been trying to call me and couldn't get through. He tried from three different phones. He was irritated and when we finally were able to talk, he let me know it. My mood went from a peaceful practice to more anxiety. He was now fine because he said what he needed to say about my phone not working, but now I was bearing his anger on top of the anxiety I was already having. I stepped outside to let my dog out and I was immediately greeted by a cardinal and the verse took over my mind with force. This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad. Anxiety immediately left my body. The words repeating over and over. In the grand scheme of things, God chose me to wake up today, and today may just be my last, so am I going to spend time in anxiety or am I going to live in God's grace?
Friends we get to choose everyday how to live. We live in a country where we really don't have to fight for our basic needs like much of the rest of the world. Yet, we get upset over things that on our last day, wouldn't matter. My journey of self discovery has led me to get to know myself and that includes choosing to live from joy. Choosing what makes me the best version of myself. To honor who God created me to be. Getting irritated or upset, does that make me the best version of myself? No!
Take some time today to get quiet and see where your thoughts are leading you. Are they full of irritations or peace and acceptance? It's simple, really ~ This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad. Psalm 118:24
p.s. ~ I almost had a minor irritation when at the end of this blog post, my screen went blank and I was kicked back to my homepage. My mind's first response was, UGH I better not have lost my work. This is how the ego mind has been trained ~ FEAR! I took a breath and found my work completely in tact. So today, I'm meant to share it with you.
This is the day! Make it great!