Posted by: mikenicholsblog | November 17, 2010

drain or gain?

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 angles. It could be people who drain you, kids who pull at you, or just the sheer amount of responsibility that conquers your week, and leaves you gasping for air as you head into the weekend. And then the cycle begins all over again! Perspective on how to approach your “days” may just help you convert 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 tired hearts. If you don’t believe me, just look around. But I am, at the same time, convinced that an acceptance 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 (even our families) have visible evidence of life as He meant it to be.

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 practice may be a bit fanatical to most who call themselves Christians. Just look at your life this week, and evaluate how you have approached each new day!  And don’t confuse these 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:

  1. Start each day by personalizing the 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”.
  2. Decide that rejoicing is a reflection of your trust, not a reflection of your day. Every day will have its set of trials, but the Father says rejoice and by a choice of the will, we can.

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

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