Tuesday, April 26, 2011

This Is Not My Day

Usually when we say "This is not my day" we mean that we are having a bad day. Things are not turning out as we had planned.

However, I have recently tried to say early in my day, "This is not my day" to remind myself that this is God's day, not mine. "This is the day which the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it" (Psalm 118:24). I should be seeking to fulfill His plans, not mine. The success or failure of my day should be benchmarked against how much my actions conform to His will.

Everything I have is God's, not mine. That includes my time. It is often the distractions and the obstacles that are where we are most closely encountering God in our day. When we appear to be most off course, most off track, it is precisely then that we are often most engaged in doing God's will.

Ironically, it is when I accept the fact that "This is not my day" that my day will be better, not worse.

3 comments:

kam said...

Great commentary, and you've given me much to think about. A big failure of mine is keeping God front and formost in my mind during the busy times of the day. Easier at night, or in the mornings, in the quiet. thanks. k

Pete Caccavari said...

Thanks, K. I find it hard too to keep God front and center during the day. I think of Lt. Col. Hal Moore, who wrote, We Were Soldiers Once...And Young. In an interview, Col. Moore was asked if he prayed during the battle of la Drang in Vietnam. He said no. Before and after the battle, yes. But during the battle he had to focus on the battle. And certainly there are those times when we have to focus on the task at hand. On the other hand, I want to be like Brother Lawrence, who found a way to be aware of God's presence even in his daily work, to the point where he felt that formal prayer and his usual daily activities were no different in terms of closeness to God. I have a long way to go until I reach that point. Thanks again, K.

kam said...

Yeah, me too. A long way to go...