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God and Good Days

One after another, I heard them say the same sentence. I had heard it many times before from them as we drove to school and enjoyed our family prayer together to begin the day. I’m not sure who started it in the beginning, but each child dutifully followed the other this day,

“Lord, make it be a good day today.”

I love to hear my kids pray. They have tenderness and faith for the things they pray for, and it’s beautiful. I decided though that I would talk to them about this idea of God and good days though.

“You know God gives us every day and we get to choose what we do with it. You heard when Mommy prayed she said, ‘this is the day the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it (Psalm 118:24).’ We get to make that choice with our day.”

I explained a little more and threw in an analogy or two, but truth is, I don’t know how much sunk in (do we ever?). Even so, I still wanted to take the opportunity to help them understand this principle: each day is gift from God. He made it and gives it to each one of us. We either choose to face it with joy, faith, and expectation or face it with fear, anxiety, or grumbling.

I have been just as guilty as they are though. I may not have prayed the same words, but I expect God to make me happy, to make everything work out the way I think it should, that nothing bad (in my perception) would ever happen. I get frustrated at people and situations that are less than exemplary. I forget or get too busy to show His love. I complain about things. I get angry at times and wonder where God is.

His gift is still there, and the Giver waits to see what you and I will do with it. The responsibility now rests with us. You can use your day to destroy or build up, bless or curse, selfishly gain or selflessly give, reconcile or foster bitterness.

Maybe even more egregious, you can simply put it on the shelf with all the others and wait for a “good” one to come along.

Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God. But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. –Hebrews 3:12-13

Moses asked God, “teach us to number our days, that we may present to You a heart of wisdom.” Why would he ask such a thing? Because we all know if we aren’t paying attention, days slip into weeks, weeks into months, and months into years.

The momentum is in His hands, but He loves us faithfully and gives us the choice. You don’t know how many days you’ll be given, but I’m praying for you that you’ll make it a good one.


What are your thoughts on this?


  1. I have a set time for prayer and that’s between 10:00 and 11 am. During that time I commit my day to the Lord and just Thank Him for a successful day. One day I was going shopping and living in Minnesota when I go shopping I go to the Mall Of America. I committed my trip into his hand and from that moment things feel into place. I got front row parking, sales and more ! Then there are times I’ve been in delays or he tells me to leave early which in human eyes aren’t good things but He did it for my safety.

    • He leads and guides us perfectly. So thankful He cares for everything that concerns us. Thanks Andrew.

  2. It’s interesting, I had these exact same thoughts today. As I was driving early this morning I said that prayer to myself, “This is the day the Lord has made, let us be glad and rejoice in it.” Each day has issues -- this isn’t the Garden of Eden, this place is fallen and the scared and lost people here make it tough sometimes, even those who do know God can make it tough, but it isn’t tough for our Father… Peace and joy come from within… Where He resides…

    Great thoughts today, Jason. And like you, I enjoy hearing my children pray… It brings great joy to my heart regardless of circumstances…

    • Man, this fallen world can be a heavy burden, but His joy is our strength. He is the Giver of life, peace, and grace. Thanks so much, Floyd!

  3. Everyday is a gift from God. Everyday is awesomely created by His hand. We have already been blessed beyond measure. We have already been given all that is needed to make the most and best of each day given.

    We just need to be mindful of it and live like it.

    I’ve got a long way to go… but oh do I want to get there!
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    • I think “mindful” is a great word. We call it being intentional or strategic, but it’s the same idea. Live in His love and share His hope and grace--that’s the stuff! Thank you, Dusty.

  4. You know, Jason, when I think about each day as a gift of God, how can I not praise Him regardless of how the day goes? If every day is a gift from God, then every day is a good day.

    This was a great thing for me to read today. Thank you.
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    • I’m with you, Scott. We need these reminders! Thank you.

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