Daily Devotional – 1/30/14 “If just for one day!”

If just for one day, you could give up all your troubles, would you? If you didn’t have to worry about this or stress about that, would you give it a try? Then try it, yea, try it; if just for one day. Wake up in the morning without worrying about bills, about what folk are saying about you, how others treat you, your workload or whatever it is that you’re stressing over. Of course, I know that it’s easier said than done but give it a try. Wake up and say, “Lord, whatever I face today I’ll let you handle it,” or “Lord, whenever (not if because God doesn’t work in ifs) you bless me, it’ll be right on time.” Speak the things that you want and make an effort to be happy, if just for one day. Let the stress of this world roll off your body, like the tear drops that are falling; if just for one day.

See, I truly believe that we choose how our day goes, whether it’s happy or sad and we choose how we react to situations, whether good or bad because we set the tone for it. God has given us joy but we allow folk to take it so easily. Yes, you do because you wake up in a good mood but before you make it to work a mean driver has stolen the smile from your face. You walk into work humming and as soon as your coworker sees you, they come with some bad news and now your song is gone. Oh, but if for just one day, take back the joy that is so rightfully yours. No matter how folk look at you, how they make you feel and even what they say; don’t let go of your joy because Nehemiah 8:10 says “for the joy of the LORD is your strength,” yet when you allow folk to take it that’s when you become weak, worn, depressed and torn. Take for instance; you have 4 books propping up a table that you’re using. If for 4 days you remove 1 book, each day, all that remains is a leaning table and what good is it? If you use a chair over and over again, eventually you will wear it out and the springs will push up through the fabric that makes it impossible to sit in, what good is it? Well, it’s the same way with you. If you continue to allow folks to take away the joy that’s propping you up, what will you have to lean on? And if you continue to allow folk to sit all over you, you’ll soon wear out and then what good will you be? What will you be able to do leaned over or worn out? And you know as well as I do that once folk have used you up, they’ll put you on the side of the road just like they do old trash because you’d be no use for them any longer. So, if just for one day, let go of worry and relax in the word, lay the stress down and sleep in the safety of our Savior, forget your faults and fellowship with favor, bury your burdens and blossom in your blessing, move beyond your mistakes and marinate in God’s marvelous mercy and get over your guilt and get into God’s grace. If just for one day, let it go and then deal with tomorrow when it comes!

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