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If any of you want to be my followers, you must forget about yourself. You must take up your cross each day and follow me.”
[LUKE 9:23]

Fill Your Day with G-O-D 

“If any of you want to be my followers, you must forget about yourself. You must take up your cross each day and follow me.” LUKE 9:23 CEV Fill Your Day with G-O-D My friend and I went on an extended hill-country trek. A few minutes into the trip I began to tire. Within a half hour my thighs ached and my lungs heaved like a beached whale. I could scarcely pump the pedals. I’m no Tour de France contender, but neither am I a newcomer, yet I felt like one. After forty-five minutes I had to dismount and catch my breath. That’s when my partner spotted the problem. Both rear brakes were rubbing my back tire! Rubber grips contested every pedal stroke. The ride was destined to be a tough one.

Don’t we do the same? Guilt presses on one side. Dread drags the other. No wonder we weary so. We sabotage our day, wiring it for disaster, lugging along yesterday’s troubles, downloading tomorrow’s struggles. Remorse over the past, anxiety over the future. We aren’t giving the day a chance.

How can we? What can we do? Here’s my proposal: consult Jesus. The Ancient of Days has something to say about our days. He doesn’t use the term day very often in Scripture. But the few times he does use it provide a delightful formula for upgrading each of ours to blue-ribbon status. Saturate your day in his grace.

I tell you in solemn truth,” replied Jesus, “that this very day you shall be with me in Paradise” (Luke 23:43 WEY). Entrust your day to his oversight. “Give us day by day our daily bread” (Luke 11:3). Accept his direction. “If any of you want to be my followers, you must forget about yourself. You must take up your cross each day and follow me” (Luke 9:23 CEV). Grace. Oversight. Direction. G-O-D Fill your day with God. Give the day a chance.

EVERY DAY DESERVES A CHANCE

Father God, we want to fill our days with you. Help us saturate our days with your grace. We entrust our days to your oversight and accept your direction. You have promised to give us exactly what we need for each day, and we thank you for that provision. And you have promised to be the light we need on the path. You are the way and the truth for our path, amen.

But the LORD has been my defense, and my God the rock of my refuge.

[PSALM 94:22]

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who give generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.

[JAMES 1:5]