Taking things day by day is not really how I function. However, it was one of the things suggested during my counseling sessions though and honestly - it's pretty effective.
- I know some of you may balk at the thought of "counseling sessions" but I'm going with that the Lord must think counseling is pretty important since He gave us The Counselor to be with us at all times. I was so amazed at the gift that I had in my counselor and am grateful to know that although we may never see one another again here on Earth, we will spend eternity together. She was awesome. -
Anyway, I'm a planner - as in a "drive everyone else crazy with planning" - kind of planner. So, while I may not always be guilty of "worrying about tomorrow", I'm usually pretty thankful to know what tomorrow holds. Ha.
Before we left for Mada, while we were still in training, is the first time I remember James 4:15 sticking out to me. It says: "Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that." Which always makes me remeber Proverbs 16:9 "The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps."
Taking things "day by day", sure seems to line up with Scripture - and more than one at that.
Seems to me that my sweet counselor knew something that she has learned from The Counselor. I've read these verses many times but this truly may be the first time that it's all starting to sink in.
Plans aren't evil...they can actually be very helpful.
However, when I wake up each morning the only plan that should not change as the day progresses is to bring God glory. On any given day that can look very different from what I had originally planned. Living our lives with no pressure of what tomorrow may or may not hold provides such freedom. Adapting and being flexible even when things come up that are nowhere on our agenda.
Bringing Him glory can look so very ordinary...
spending time with a friend
worshipping among nationals without leading
making time to exercise
cooking a meal
teaching at church
playing doll house
rocking a sick baby
Living out His best for us isn't always glamorus, high profile, book worthy, or even appreciated by others...but it doesn't change that it's His best. He works through the common days through very common people. It's His story He's sharing with us. He's allowing us to play a part...and I'm grateful to be a part of all of the majestic uncommon works He does.
His way is best.
His gifts unprecendented.
Praising Him for common days.