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Enjoy each day of this New Year (1)

2 January 2023 ‘Let’s celebrate and be glad today.’ Psalm 118:24 CEV

Each day is a gift from God. Next to our salvation, today is the most valuable gift we’ll ever receive. When we receive a gift, we thank the giver, unwrap it, and enjoy it. Let’s try to apply that same idea to each day of our lives. One Bible teacher wrote: ‘I make an effort to focus on and enjoy every moment of my life, but doing so has been a long and difficult journey for me…I am a planner, and if I am not careful, I find myself planning the next thing while doing the current thing, which of course steals the present moment from me. Although being focused is a good thing, I can also easily get so focused on my work that I fail to enjoy the magic of the moment. For example, I was usually working while my children were little and found it difficult to even take a moment to stop and enjoy the cute things they said or did. I missed many of those moments and will never get them back. We should celebrate life and the people God has placed in our path. Life is to be enjoyed, not dreaded or regretted.’ Solomon wrote: ‘There is nothing better for a man than that he should eat and drink and make himself enjoy good in his labour. Even this, I have seen, is from the hand of God’ (Ecclesiastes 2:24 AMPC). Remember these two phrases: 1) ‘From the hand of God.’ That means it’s God’s will for us to enjoy every day. 2) ‘Make himself enjoy good.’ That means we must look for things to celebrate each day. And we can start doing this today!


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