Because you don’t always feel like it.
Some days I wake up, the sun is shining, the snow is melting, and I just feel good. Happy, hopeful. Looking at the good in life comes easy. It’s right there, in my face, maybe just because what IS in my face is pleasant. There may still be things going on personally that aren’t the best, world affairs haven’t changed one iota, but for some reason I can deal with it all. God is good; I can do all things through his strength and a smile shapes my mouth without my having to think about it.
But other days, like today, I have to choose. I woke up to conditions that were pretty much like any other day, but something that concerned me yesterday was the first thing that popped into my head. Ruined the day, right off. The grey outside my window agreed with my state of mind, Facebook brought friends troubles to the forefront, and, oh yes, the world is still in trouble.
I knew I had a choice to make, and because Jesus told me, “Don’t LET your heart be troubled,” and “My peace I give to you,” I knew I actually had the power to choose and peace must be available to be had. So I did; I chose.
With my words, I chose what would affect my outlook and the rest of my day. I chose to say what He said about me and my day and, on purpose, thought about it for a while.
Some days, you just have to.
“Trust in the Lord and do good. Dwell in the land and feed on his faithfulness,” (Psalm 37:3).