Read Psalm 118: 26-29
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks
in all circumstances; for this is God’s
will for you in Christ Jesus.
I spent one summer in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan
planning and leading children’s activities. Before I arrived I
imagined that the other staff members would be friendly, that
the children would behave angelically, and that I would spend
my free time at the lake.
As it turned out, the staff rarely acknowledged me, the kids
refused to listen to directions and ran wild, and the weather
was cold, overcast, and rainy most of the month. I became
bitter and discontented as I longed for the summer that I had
imagined and felt I deserved.
I went for a walk on one of the rare sunny days, bundled
up in sweatpants and a hoodie, and stood on the bridge over
the cove. As I looked at God’s creation, I was astounded by
the contrast between the tiny detail in the flower petals and
the massive hundred-year-old trees. I exchanged my discontent for gratitude and joy.
Every moment of the
day, we have a choice: to
compare life to our expectations or to thank God for
what we have been given.
We can rejoice in the small
adventures and surprises that God hides inside every day for
us to discover if we only give that day a chance.
Prayer: Dear God, fill our hearts with your peace and joy, and
teach us to treat each day as a gift. Amen.
Mackenzie Jager (Michigan)
Prayer Focus: CAMP COUNSELORS
— 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18 (NIV)
Thought for the Day
I can choose to give
thanks joyfully for God’s
love each day.