I wake up to joy in a fresh way during September. Cooler breezes and sunny blue skies bring me a feeling of exuberance. Gifts from nature’s bounty abound in our local market: ripe tomatoes, grapes, figs, and the last peaches of summer. I love returning to regular family routines when school starts. It feels like all is right with the world. It’s like I just got new glasses and can see God’s blessings more clearly now.
“Enjoy God and the life He’s giving you” is a personal catchphrase I repeat to myself. It encourages me in the face of monotonous daily tasks like going to work, making school lunches, and doing laundry.
We tend to view daily labor as a list of chores and responsibilities we have to get through, so that then we can relax and have fun doing things we like. What if we decided to enjoy what we’re doing right now? What if we decided to look for things to be grateful for while working? What would happen if we chose to be happy with whatever is happening NOW.
Joy Comes From God
One of my favorite Bible verses says, “You will fill me with joy in your presence.” (Psalm 16:11) This reminds me that no matter what I’m doing, God can renew my joy if I choose to focus on His goodness and love for me. Closing my eyes for a moment, breathing deep, and remembering God’s presence with me brings me some small measure of joy even while I’m toiling in the kitchen.
Joy Comes From God’s gifts.
God gives us many daily blessings and gifts to enjoy, but we often miss them. We’re looking for the big stuff, like the pay raise or the vacation we’re saving for. We forget about small daily joys like the smell of a new bar of Dove soap in the shower or fresh green cucumbers on a blue plate at lunch. We’re rushing through to the next task, so that we don’t even see the gifts around us, much less give thanks for them.
Slow Down and Pay Attention
What a great reminder to slow down and savor the moments. Slowing down means that you make the choice to linger a few minutes with your family eating watermelon in the backyard after dinner rather than jumping up to get the dishes done. You make time for conversation with your husband or coffee with a friend. When you slow down, you start noticing more of God’s gifts.
What things do you enjoy about your daily life?