2016-05-09 - Just Another Day
Happy Mother's Day! I am sure it isn't the first time you've heard or read these words today. For some, Mother's Day is an emotional day; others look forward to it. Regardless of your feelings for this particular Sunday, the reason for the holiday is one we can all relate to: gratitude. I cannot speak for the rest of the human race, but I like to be acknowledged for my work, or when I do something out of the ordinary for someone.
My feelings naturally get hurt, when someone neglects to thank me for pitching in or going the extra mile. It's when that disappointment begins to fester, when it affects your life. How do you stop it?
One way is to do what my grandmother frowned upon, I talk to myself. I don't accept the hurtful feelings. I tell God how I am feeling and ask Him to change my thinking. When our minds focus on the Lord, He will keep us "in perfect peace". (Isaiah 26:3 NIV)
It's nice to be appreciated by people. When they fail to do so, all is not lost. The Bible is full of examples how much we are loved. Regardless of what we do or say, or don't say or do, He cares for us. God is full of love for us, when we call. (See 1 Peter 5:7 and Psalm 86:2.)
“The Lord your God is in your midst, A Warrior who saves. He will rejoice over you with joy; He will be quiet in His love [making no mention of your past sins], He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy. (Zephaniah 3:17 AMP)
Whatever you are doing today, whatever your thoughts gravitate toward, I pray that it is a good day. Regardless of what anyone says or doesn't say. May your fulfillment be found in the Lord.
Lord, You know what we need. I look to You, instead of worrying. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
All scripture references are from the Contemporary English Version (CEV) unless otherwise noted.