James 4:14, NIV
What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.
Every day is a gift. The longer I live, the more I realize how valuable each day is. We're not going to be here forever. It's easy to live uptight, frustrated, and worried, but in the big picture, most of the things that are upsetting us don't really matter. Is it worth losing your joy over bad traffic or something someone said that was offensive? If you found out you only had a day to live, you wouldn't even pay attention to many things that upset you now.
If you let a grouchy boss or a bitter relative keep you from being happy, it's your fault. You are as happy as you want to be. You have to put your foot down and say, "This is the day the Lord has made. I'm not going to let what people do or don't do, what they say or don't say, or what I have or don't have keep me from being happy. I've made up my mind. I'm going to enjoy this day."
Prayer for Today
Father, thank You that this day is a gift from You, and I'm not going to live sour and defeated. Thank You that I have the power to not allow what others say or do or what I don't have to steal my happiness. I've made up my mind that I'm going to keep my joy. In Jesus' Name, Amen