Marriage and Family: 3 questions to ask yourself in order to have a great day!November 21, 2013
The alarm goes off and wakes you from a dead sleep. Or perhaps, you had a restless night full of worry and anxiety and you didn't sleep much at all. This time of year the cold air and the warm comforter is an enticing call to hit the snooze button and stay in bed a little longer. On top of that, the day you are about to go into seems less than exciting. You wonder, is a great day even possible? In the midst of the routine and the mundane with a "to do" list longer than the hours available it is so easy to get caught up in the grind. Before you know it, your day has come and gone and another one is about to begin. But, if you want to slow down the pace a bit, if you want to cease each day as an opportunity for having a great day, then here are three questions that you can ask yourself in order to have a great day.
1. Am I connecting regularly with others? The truth is we are all built for relationship. God is a relational God and we are made in HIM image...therefore, we are made for relationships. Nothing can make a bad day worse than isolation. In the midst of the busyness of your day, slow down and connect with a friend. Send a text to a friend and check in with them, make a phone call, send an email, set a lunch appointment with people in your life that bring you life. Connecting with others that encourage you and that you encourage can make for a great day!
2. Am I feeding my soul, spiritually, daily? Our soul is the part of us where so much is determined. It houses our thoughts, feelings and will. If we don't feed our soul daily with the presence and promises of God then we will likely enter our day less than equipped for what we face. If you want to have a great day, include intimate worship of the Lord, read HIS word, pray for your day, pray for others, seek HIS face. David knew what to do with his soul, he put his hope in the Lord and praised HIM. In Psalm 42 he says: "Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God."
3. Am I serving others through my day? Something very powerful happens in our lives when we serve others. Great days always include selflessness and service. Many times, sacrificial service will lift us above our own circumstances. And it doesn't have to be big things. Little acts of kindness and service will make for a great day, no matter what your situation and circumstance might be. Remember, service is both verbal and physical. Empty the dishwasher for your spouse without being asked. Fold a load of laundry, clean up the kitchen, be a verbal encourager to a co-worker, friend or spouse. Tell your spouse and friends that you appreciate what they do, recognize other people's efforts, tell your neighbor your running to the store and ask if they need you pick up something for them. The point is to positively impact the life of others each day through physical and verbal service.
So, as you go about your day, we really believe that if you stay connected to others, stay connected to Christ and serve both verbally and physically, you really will have a great day.
We'd love to hear your comments about how to have a great day. Please send us your comments - even answer one or all of these questions:
1. What do you do to have great days?
2. What are some great ways you have found to connect and serve others?
3. How has feeding your soul with the promises and presence of God helped you to have a great day?
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Page On Friday, November 11 at 12:32 PM
I choose joy. That is one of the ways I can have a good day. I can't control my circumstances, but I can determine my response. I try to give thanks in all things. If you are giving thanks and choosing joy even our most difficult days can be good days. I also keep an eye out on the rest of the world, and compared to most places in the world I am rich and blessed beyond measure!
Momma Nita On Friday, November 11 at 11:15 AM
There are a couple of widows and elderly couples in my neighborhood. I love to take a dessert or dish over to them and sit and chat. We always have such good conversations and I enjoy their stories from life. I've gotten to know them so much better in these little neighborly visits then I ever could just seeing them sitting in a pew at church and just saying "good morning". Loving my neighbors!