Do you grudgingly get yourself out of bed in the mornings, or do you jump up and embrace each day, despite how tired you are or what may lay ahead? For many of us, the task of getting out of bed is the main accomplishment for the day, and we go through the rest of the day, groaning and moaning for it to be over. It doesn't really feel like a fulfilling day when you step into it in a sulky attitude right? You don't feel like anything will be accomplished, you don't really feel like you can make a difference. However, if we take steps towards putting on a smile and a positive attitude from the start of the day, from the moment we wake up, life seems a bit more hopeful, a bit more exciting. You probably feel like you can tackle the world, just from changing your mood. God wants us to be joyful in all we do, even if we feel challenged, feel like things are kind of dull at the moment. We need to be positive and continue to be hopeful for the future, for each moment that we're given to make a difference. Sometimes this can make a difference in your life by taking steps to start of the day joyfully, however you may have to do that. Do you start the day with a joyful attitude?
Today's Gospel states:'In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a city of Judah, and she entered the house of Zechari'ah and greeted Elizabeth. And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and she exclaimed with a loud cry, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, when the voice of your greeting came to my ears, the babe in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfilment of what was spoken to her from the Lord." And Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden. For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. And his mercy is on those who fear him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm, he has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts, he has put down the mighty from their thrones, and exalted those of low degree; he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent empty away. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his posterity for ever." And Mary remained with her about three months, and returned to her home' (Luke 1:39-56).
Today's reading talks about how we need to joyfully accept God's will for our lives. We see through Mary and Elizabeth that when we say yes to God's will, we can embrace each and every day with joy, because we know that God is with us. It may be a greater challenge when we know there are trials ahead in our day, such as important meetings, tests, appointments, hard discussions. God shows us that we need to rely on Him, trust in Him, and when we do we can face the world with joy, always. Try to take some time to think about strategies you can develop to help you get up with a joyful attitude. Take some time to pray and ask God to help you be joyful in all you do.
Today we pray:
Thank You for helping me to face everything you put before me in my life. Help me to be joyful each and every morning and embrace the day with joy, no matter the challenges that may lay ahead.
I pray in Your most holy name, Amen.