This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it! (Psalm 118:24)
Looking into the new week
At the entry point to a busy and seriously over-scheduled week, I thought I’d let my grandson, David, offer some perspective. He’s not exactly “quotable” at this point in his life (he tends to laugh, clap his hands, or run away when I ask him direct questions), but he is communicating loud and clear when it comes to perspective.
The official title (from Naomi) to this first picture is, “David spying on the neighbors.” But I’m re-captioning the image as, “David looking into the new week.” He has climbed up on the heating vent to get a better look, he is constantly loaded with anticipation, and his enthusiasm for “what’s next,” and “what’s possible” simply cannot be contained.
“I’m swinging! When I’m done I may just move over to the hammock!”
NON-STOP!!! David’s default setting is “Go;” his forecast is constantly “Sunny with an occasional chance of brief, local, thunderstorms;” his curiosity is boundless; and his schedule is “Now!”
With all the details I have planned for this week, I could use a good shot of David to get things off to a humming start.
Fact is, none of us really know exactly what this day has in store, and what we’ll see in our rear-view mirror once we make it through to Friday. But we can choose how we approach each day, and how we engage each moment along the way.
My grandson may not be talking yet, but if he could I’m sure he’d say something along the lines of the Psalmist’s words in the following translation of the well-known “This is the day the Lord has made!” passage (Psalm 118:21-25).
Thank you (God) for responding to me; you’ve truly become my salvation! The stone the masons discarded as flawed is now the capstone! This is God’s work. We rub our eyes—we can hardly believe it! This is the very day God acted— let’s celebrate and be festive! Salvation now, God. Salvation now! Oh yes, God—a free and full life!
Our opportunity is to respond with enthusiasm, with passion, and with joy. Our opportunity is to live – every day – like we mean it! Because God most certainly meant it when God created us.