My daughter was very young when we started. She was in first grade and having a difficult time with a teacher at school. She only saw this teacher once a week, but her dread of Fridays colored the entire week. By the time the end of the week rolled around, she would wake up convinced that it was going to be a horrible day.
I am not sure when I started asking. One morning, anticipating her reluctance to face the day, I asked her what kind of day she was going to have. She looked at me with questions filling her big brown eyes. How could she know what kind of day it was going to turn out to be? I told her the right answer was “a happy day.” Decide now to make this a happy day.
An amazing thing happened. For the first time in weeks, tears didn’t greet me as I picked her up from school. There was a smile on her face. “How was your day?” I asked. “It was a happy day!” she answered. Setting her attitude had helped to determine her direction. I began asking her every morning – “What kind of day are you going to have?”
It didn’t take me long to realize the powerful spiritual significance of the question. What kind of day am I going to have today? God wants us to have happy days. Days filled with abundance, overflowing with joy, and packed with expectation. Psalm 118:24 says, “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” This doesn’t mean that everything in our days will be good. It does mean that every day God is good. Because of His presence in our lives, we have reason to rejoice no matter what the day holds.
My Jesus Resolution today is to have a happy day. God is with me. He loves me. He has filled this day with His presence, His power, and His provision. His grace is sufficient for whatever I will face today. Setting my eyes toward His face will determine the direction for the entire day. The kind of day I anticipate having often fixes the reality of the kind of day I actually have. I am going to have a happy day. What kind of day are you going to have today?