Enjoy the Day

by Rev. Rick Robinson

I remember when I was an inventory manager at the Chevrolet store; a gentleman came in and introduced himself as Elvis Presley. The self proclaimed Elvis claimed he wanted to purchase 50 new pink Chevrolet Corvettes for his newest movie. I knew he wasn’t Elvis. I knew that there was no new Elvis movie scheduled for production. I also knew he was not going to buy 50 pink Corvettes. He had a woman he introduced as Pricilla with him. Mormons usually come in pairs, but it is unusual to have nutty people in pairs.

He wouldn’t take my word that Chevy doesn’t paint production Corvettes pink, and even if they did–I couldn’t get him 50 of them. He wanted to talk with someone that could get him the cars, so I introduced him to the sales manager. He was nice to the man too, but refereed him to another Chevrolet store to get him to leave.

Almost every time I go to a store to purchase something, the clerk greets me with “How are you today?“ and when I leave they tell me to “Have a nice day!” Do they care how I feel? Do they care if I have a good day? When you are having a bad day, do you explain that to the clerk? Do they even know your name? (Your real name.) There is someone who knows your name, cares how you feel and is sincere when he tells you to have a nice day. When you are walking through problems, it is an act of your will to have a nice day.

Psalm 118:24
This is the day which the LORD has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it

God made this day and we should actively be thankful to Him. The word used for glad in this passage is samach–which means to be joyful and merry. Can you be joyful today? God really does want you to have a nice day. It is not all the things you can get that will make you happy. It is not all the things you do not have that will make you sad; it is your attitude.

1 Timothy 6:17
Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy.

I know there are things that happen that will make you sad, like the death of a loved one. Two of my friends died this week. There are times we become overwhelmed with circumstances. Jesus was moved to tears over the death of Lazarus.

John 11:32-35
Therefore, when Mary came where Jesus was, she saw Him, and fell at His feet, saying to Him, Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.” When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, He was deeply moved in spirit and was troubled, and said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to Him, “Lord, come and see.” Jesus wept.

I cannot pretend there will not be trials that are overwhelming. I can only say there comes a time when being glad must be an act of the will. Knowing that God is in control. Knowing that God has the final say over our life and death. Those who are in Christ will be together again in a new place where things not imagined in this world will be enjoyed together.

How is your life ever going to become normal and happy again? Are you waiting to figure it out for yourself, or are you willing to accept that this is the day, which the Lord has made? If you focus on God’s word you will find strength–but if you focus on the world you will find no lasting hope, only uncertainty.

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