Posted by: mikenicholsblog | October 8, 2009

a “no fries” Thursday

Have you ever noticed how Monday mornings are a time of good self talk?  We have thoughts of a better week, a better diet (no french fries this week), plus an “I can do it attitude”.  But as we journey through the week, something happens.  And by Thursday, we are just surviving … and eating those fries again.  What happened?   Energy drains come from a multitude of sources, and come at you from all sides.  It could be people who drain you, kids who pull at you, or just the sheer amount of responsibility that conquers your week.  And then leaves you gasping for air, as you head into the weekend.  Before you know it, you arrive at the Monday morning of another new week!  A fresh perspective on how to approach all your days, may just help you convert your weeks into meaningful victories.

Proverbs 27:19
As water reflects a face so a man’s heart reflects the man.

As I have thought about this verse, it has become obvious to me that the heart too often reflects a weary man.  The weight of the journey, and the energy drains too often are a reflection of our tired hearts.  If you don’t believe me, just look around.  But I am convinced that an application of just a couple of verses, with an attitude of “I can apply them”, can help anyone begin a strategy of daily rejoicing.  The weeks may not be “easier”, but the energy gains from the Holy Spirit will be noticeable.  When a person’s heart reflects the joy of the Father, others (especially those who are closest to them) will see visible evidence of life as He meant it to be.  Consider these verses …

Psalm 118:24
This is a day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Philippians 4:4
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice.

You would probably agree that the above verses are easily passed over.  We all know the principle of rejoicing, but the reality may seem a bit fanatical … even to most who call themselves Christians.  Reflect a bit on your life this week.  And evaluate how you have approached each day.  And when you contrast the Scripture above, don’t confuse the verses with happy self talk.   They can be the norm for anyone who has come into a life changing relationship with Christ.  But how?!   A couple of thoughts may give us a start:

  • Start each day personalizing a prayer of Psalm 118:24. “Father you have made this day for me to be a reflection of your love and grace. I rejoice now with a glad heart in the opportunities you will place before me today”.
  • Decide that rejoicing is a reflection of your trust, not a reflection of your day.  Every day will have it’s set of trials.  But the Father says “rejoice”, and by a choice of the will, we can.

Challenge yourself with the verses above, daily for just one week.  You will find that the application of Scripture in such a simple form will change your week, and ultimately, your life.  Believe the verses, quote them, personalize them and leave each day to the Father.  And in all of it, find joy in your journey!

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