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Celebrate Every Day
By Joel Osteen - Apr 07, 2010
When our daughter, Alexandra, was just a little baby or maybe a year old, I'd go and get her out of her crib in the morning. When she'd hear me coming, she'd get so excited that she would start jumping up and down. She'd give me a great big hug with her arms and legs and a big kiss. Why was she was so excited? What was the occasion? Was it her birthday? Were we going on vacation? Were we headed to Disneyland? No, it was simply the dawning of a new day. She was excited just to be alive and have another day to enjoy.

That's the excitement that God has placed on the inside of every one of us. We should never forget how to celebrate each day. But so often as we get older, we allow the challenges of life to push us down and sadden our spirits. We have to stop ourselves and realize that every day is a gift from God. Once today is gone, we can never get it back. If we make the mistake of living it negative, discouraged, grumpy and sour, then that is a day that's been wasted.

I've made up my mind I am not going to waste any of my days. I'm going to celebrate each day as a gift from God.

Remember, happiness is a choice. I like what Abraham Lincoln said, "Most people are as happy as they've decided to be." When you wake up in the morning, you can choose what kind of day you're going to have. You can choose to be in a good mood, or you can choose to be in a bad mood. You can choose to live this day happy, excited, and expecting God's goodness; or you can choose to be irritable and sour and just try to make it through. The way you live your life is totally up to you. It's not dependent on your circumstances. It's dependent on your choices. Choose to celebrate each and every day and look for the blessings God has in store for you!
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