Written Summer of 2017
The hymn “Blessed Assurance” came on my Pandora station today while I was sitting on the couch nursing my baby girl. It was the end of one of those days…you know the kind I mean. The kind where you have great intentions of getting all the things in your head done, but you barely accomplish any of those things (if any at all!).
Whether it is laundry, dishes, work, cleaning, exercising, the list is endless. We all have our “ideals” of how our days should look…of what we want to accomplish each day in order to feel a sense of satisfaction.
I struggle with this each and every day. Couple this with my perfectionist tendencies and pessimistic nature and boy do I feel great at the end of one of those days! Have I mentioned my dry, sarcastic sense of humor? Perfect. So here I am…in a place where we all have been..thinking about the many things I still need to check off my list and how I’m going to get them all done and this old hymn comes on.
Okay, Lord, I’m listening.
Sometimes it takes a gentle melody to nudge my soul in the right direction – other times it takes much more. Today I chose to be still and listen to the words of the wonderful hymn that God handpicked for me:
“This is my story, this is my song…Praising my Savior all the day long”.
Isn’t that the whole purpose of our existence? To worship and praise our Savior God? To bring glory to Him each and every day?
As long as we are setting this one goal each day and striving to accomplish it, we are achieving “success”. Merriam Webster’s dictionary defines success as “a favorable or desired outcome”. What if we woke up each morning saying “yes” to what God has in store for us? What if we chose to praise Him no matter what happens throughout our day? We would certainly find favor with Him, that’s what!
Isaiah 30:18 reveals God’s heart: “Therefore the Lord longs to be gracious to you and therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you for the Lord is a God of justice. How blessed are all those who long for Him.”
So as I sat on the couch, I felt my aggravation and frustration from the seemingly “un-successful” day I was having melt away as I recognized God’s voice speaking to me and began to long for Him.
I began choosing to praise God for the blessings He has placed in my life….one of which I was holding at that very moment! Instead of worrying about the dishes I hadn’t finished from dinner the night before, I thanked Him for the fact that we had food for our family. Instead of focusing on the cleaning I hadn’t got done, I thanked Him for the home He has blessed us with. Instead of stressing about not getting enough hours in for work that day and not having enough in the paycheck this time around, I thanked Him for the flexibility of a work-from-home job that fit into my calling to stay home with our young children.
Rather than give in to my selfish, pessimistic human nature, I chose to praise God. And in choosing to praise God, I found joy and freedom. Joy because I was fulfilling a purpose – worshipping the One who creates and graciously gives me each and every moment of my life. Freedom because I could let my own list of to-do’s go in light of the fact that as long as I am praising Him, I am accomplishing the most important “task” of the day.
I went on to get those dishes done and even cleaned the kitchen but checking those items off my list wasn’t nearly as satisfying as the newfound sense of peace I had found in remembering that no matter what I do (or don’t do!), I need to be praising my Savior all the day long.