I Waked Up!

Read: John 10:8-10

“ .. . I have come that you may have life and have it to the full.”

Do you ever have those daily moments that you just live for? I remember a few years ago, when my daughter was only two.  I loved to be the one to get her out of bed, because I knew her routine. She would drop her beloved pacifier onto the pillow, throw her arms out as far as she can reach, and declare, “Daddy, I waked up!”

Now, I know her grammar isn't great, but her declaration is clear – being awake is better than asleep! Every fiber of her every muscle squeals out “Another new day, and I'm ready.”

For two-year old children, sleep is the enemy that steals the potential joy of waking moments and nothing beats starting a new day. Who knows what new toy might thrill? What new taste might she encounter for the first time? Perhaps today she'll swim, or meet a new friend, or rock in the chair with grandma? Yes, a new day ... what an opportunity life is.

It is reminiscent of the apparent zeal God has for life. The Bible is loaded with Gardens- a place of life. The Father sows seeds- to bring about life. On and on it goes.

If you are like me, sometimes my foggy first thoughts in a day are: “Oh no; that dreadful meeting today.” “Rats, the lawn needs mowed and the windows need washed.” “Not Monday again!” Sometimes I gripe and moan as if the waking day is stealing from the wonder of sleep. If that is the essence of adulthood, then I need a return to childhood.

More importantly, I need a return to the Bible, where I read, “because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22-23).

What if today is another adventure into what God has for my life? Perhaps today is a day that I make a new friend, experience a new joy, or discover a new opportunity. Since life is short, God would have me welcome every day.

It really is a great day to be alive, and how you feel about a day when you lay down at night is largely influenced by how you approached it when you got up in the morning. So, for the glory of the God who gives you life, go live this day!

Reflection:

Are your thought patterns toward today negative or positive?

Do you believe God has good plans for your life today?

Pastor Todd Crofford of Real Life Wesleyan