“It’s All in How You Look at It”
Psalm 118:24 – “This I the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
The past few weeks have brought some interesting changes and in fact challenges into our household. It is of course back to school time, which meant that my wife was back to teaching, my oldest son was starting 3rd grade (at a different school), and our middle son was going to Kindergarten. Life was filled up with excitement, with worry, with anxiety, and some days even with dread, as we wondered how the oldest was going to respond to the new school, and how the middle one was going to do in school, period. There were many sleepless nights especially about out middle son because he has a seizure disorder and some other “special needs”. Needless to say we worried a lot and prayed a lot as well.
He seemed to be adjusting pretty well to school and we have always tried to be very positive and upbeat about him going (at least around him). One night I said to him, “Isaac, you have to go to school tomorrow.” I said it in my most encouraging voice and to be honest was somewhat proud of myself for my dose of encouragement. I turned around and say my wife just simply shaking her head NO.
No? I thought he doesn’t get to go to school tomorrow? I thought I had memorized this staggered schedule. What have I forgotten? Then I thought well she is a Kindergarten teacher so she probably knows some secret about him not going, so I said, “so he doesn’t go to school tomorrow?”
“Yes,” she said, “he goes to school tomorrow. But its not he has to go to school its he gets to go to school.” In other words its all in how you perceive it and more importantly in this situation its all in how he perceives it. So we want him to see school not as something he has to do (even though he does), but as something he gets to do because he likes it so much.
That makes sense for more than just school doesn’t it? It makes sense for more than just a 6 year old too, it makes sense for us. Life is in how you perceive it. Think about the difference just in these statements:
I have to go to church………..I get to go to worship
I have to go to work…………..I get to go to work
I have to clean my house……I get to clean my house (because I have a house to clean)
I have to bathe the kids……..I get to bathe the kids
And on and on and on. In reality as followers of Jesus Christ that is how we should perceive each day and each opportunity. Why? Because “each day is the day the Lord has made we REALLY SHOULD REJOICE and be glad in it.” We don’t have to but we get to through the grace of God.
His mercies are new every morning. Again so we get to live our lives for Jesus and walk each day in His grace. We don’t have to but we get to.
He has promised to never leave us or forsake us, so we really should live life to the fullest. After all we GET to do it with Him, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords by our side.
So tomorrow, don’t just go to work, celebrate the privilege of going and more importantly of having Jesus go with you. Saturday don’t just spend time with your family, but be thankful that you get to do that. Then on Sunday, sprint out the door to worship, not with a heart that says “I’ve got to go to church” but with a heart that says, “I GET to go to church and how could I not go and worship because of all that Jesus has done for me. How can I not thank Him for going to the cross and dying so that I might be redeemed, and so that I might be forgiven. How could I not rejoice, after all He took the wrath of God in my place.” He didn’t have to but He chose to because He loved us that much. To God be the glory!