The Happiest Way to Spend a Day

I kept putting one foot in front of the other, but my thoughts? His words had stopped them in their tracks.

Just moments before, I had rushed out the door into October aura, this package all wrapped up and in my arms. It was a Bible. And this, a walk from my door to the Post Office, was the first leg of its journey around the world to the Philippines. This Bible would be my little friend Zenia’s first. I walked along, hoping, praying, that she will always love to read about Jesus. I smiled at the thought of my friends, these people a whole world away yet so close to my heart.

I’d have to hurry on my mission, since it was nearly time to do something to turn food into lunch. Crossing the block early, I noticed a man in his front yard doing something with a shovel and a wheelbarrow. I didn’t know him. I started to call out a greeting. His stopped me, spun me.

“Hi Neighbor! Are ya liven’ that dream today?”

There I was, in the middle of a day that seemed so… ordinary. Wonderful, yes, but what did making pizza and paying payroll taxes and walking to the Post Office have to do with living a dream?

And I knew it then, all over again: There’s no such thing as an ordinary day. No, not when Extraordinary God has life-dreams for me.

Dare I say it? Dare I answer him with, “Yes!”? My thoughts chased each other. What is God’s dream for me, anyway? Am I really doing anything to reach it? Today? How am I spending this piece of forever?

And then He reminded me, “Just because My plans for you are to give you hope and a future (Jer. 29:11) doesn’t mean that all those plans are far off in the future. I have a design for your every day. Walk with Me today, and you won’t want to leave Me tomorrow. Let Me fill your days, and you’ll naturally fulfill My dreams.

Yes. My answer is “Yes!” I called it out to both of them, the stranger and the Lord.

Yes, because today I can serve up the Word, send a smile through the phone line, squeeze a shoulder, say a prayer. The wonder! I can take steps that leave tracks on the other side of the planet. Yes, the miracle of Grace, how He moves in us to accomplish His own plans, how He dreams big dreams for each of us, how He fills our days, our hearts, with Himself.

If Christ is my core, every chore is a glorious project. If He is making my plans, seemingly mundane things can leave eternal marks. I can live His dream today by letting Him live His life in me.

Yes. It’s the happiest way to spend a day—swapping dreams and living His together.


2 Responses to The Happiest Way to Spend a Day

  1. Elyssa says:

    Oh Shaya, Thank you so much for sharing these thoughts! They touched my heart, and inspired me to live that dream each day.

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