Read Ecclesiastes 5: 18-20
May the righteous be glad and rejoice before
God; may they be happy and joyful.
When I was younger, I would notice how happy wealthy
friends seemed to be. I had difficulty understanding why I
didn’t have the same privileges as my friends. A friend once
said to me, “I don’t know why people are so unhappy when
every day is a gift.” My friend was right. Every day is a gift.
As I have matured, I have learned from the Bible about the
gift of joy and the simple values that bring happiness. Why
do I worry about what I don’t have when life is an opportunity to make the most of what God gives? Delighting in what
God calls us to do brings true joy. The gift of waking up in
the morning, seeing a new day with new opportunities, and
knowing that all of our many blessings come from God’s grace
and mercy can bring deep happiness.
Now when I wake up, I take a look at what is right in front
of me and not what I don’t
have. Every hour, minute,
and second bring an
opportunity to make a
difference. I have learned
that trying to take control
of my life often results in disappointment, but allowing God to
be my leader is a rewarding spiritual experience.
Prayer: Dear God, open our eyes so that we can see and
appreciate all you have given to us. Amen.
Courtney Pack (Georgia)
Prayer Focus: TO MAKE THE MOST OF GOD’S GIFTS
— Psalm 68: 3 (NIV)
Thought for the Day
I will be grateful and celebrate
God’s gift of life today.