Back several years ago, I was managing a company that sold, installed and repaired equipment for convenience stores. Our product line was very diverse — everything from cappuccino machines, to ice makers, to gasoline tanks. Equally diverse, were the people that worked for me — every kind of personality that you can possible imagine was represented in our work force.
There was one man that worked for me, that was one of the hardest working men I have ever known. The problem was that he just really struggled to be happy about life. Most every morning, I would greet all the employees with a loud, and enthusiastic, “Good morning!” It seemed like, without fail, every morning he would replied “What’s good about it?” Now, I know that I can be annoying to some people in the mornings, because when my feet hit the floor, I’m wide awake. I’m as awake and ready to go as I will be any time during the day. There are others, that don’t want to be spoken to for the first 2 or 3 hours of the day. So, often those two personality types clash.
But I am not considering personality types this morning, I want us to think about attitudes toward life — particularly for the Christian. Often, you can tell the attitude of an individual, by the way they answer certain questions. Think about these two questions, and what is your most common response:
“How are you doing this morning?”
“What kind of day did you have?”
Believe me, I understand getting up in the morning — and thinking how overwhelmed you are at work (or, even worse, is there anything for me to do) and dreading even having to start. I also know how bad days can go — from having a customer that you just can’t please, to having a boss that micromanages everything that you do (and nothing you do is ever good enough). Those are pretty common feelings for any employee at one time or another.
In my reading this morning (Psalms 90-96), I was reminded that those events do not have to determine my outlook on life. Listen to what the psalmist says:
“It is good to proclaim your unfailing love in the morning,
your faithfulness in the evening.”
(Psalm 92:2, NLT)
As you read that, what did it say to you?
What it said to me was that I need to begin each day grateful that our God in His loving mercy has given me another day. I asked in another post this morning, do we ever take for granted that God is the very source of our life, and that it is in Him we live, move, and have our very being”. Start every day praising God, thanking Him for the blessing of another day.
But it also said to me, that each evening I need to thank Him for His faithfulness in being with me throughout the day. If I don’t know that He is with me, it does not mean that He’s not. It may just mean that I don’t think about Him enough during the day. The challenges we often face during the day, demand that He be with us. During the day, remember that He is there, and at the end of the day, praise Him for His faithfulness.
Life will be easier, and more pleasant, if we recognize that each day is the day that the Lord has made, and that we need to rejoice and be glad in it. If we approach the day that way, at the end of the day, we will thank Him for being with us.