Daily Devotional – 12/5/11 “If just for one day!”

If you could give up all your troubles for one day, would you?  Then try it, yea, try it; if just for one day.  Wake up one morning without worrying about bills, about what folk are saying about you, how others treat you, your workload or not having a job, stress and all of that.  I know that it’s easier said than done, but give it a try.  Make an effort to be happy, if just for one day.  Let the stress of this world roll off your body, like the rain drops that are falling; if just for one day. 

See, we choose how our day goes, whether it’s happy or sad and we choose how we react to situations, whether good or bad.  We set the tone for our day.  If God has given us joy, why do we allow folk to take it so easily?  You wake up in a good mood but before you make it to work a mean driver has stolen the smile from your face.  You walk into the job humming and as soon as your coworker sees you, they come with some bad news and now your song is gone.  But, if just for one day, take back the joy that is so rightfully yours.  No matter how folk look at you, how they make you feel and even what they say; don’t let go of your joy.  Nehemiah 8:10 say “for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” If this joy gives you strength, when you allow folk to take it, it makes you weak.  Take for instance; you have 4 books propping up a table that you’re using.  If for 4 days you remove 1 book all that remains is a table with 3 legs; what good is it?  If you use a chair over and over again, eventually you will wear it out and the springs will push up through the fabric and that will make it impossible for you to sit in, what good is it?  It’s the same way with you.  If you continue to allow folks to take away the joy that’s propping you up, you will lean and if you continue to allow folk to sit all over you, you’ll soon wear out and then what good will you be?  What will you be able to do leaned over or worn out?  Once folk have used you up, they’ll put you on the side of the road just like they do old trash because you’d be no use for them any longer. 

Folk will do what you allow them too.  If just for one day, say no to some of the tasks that are placed on your plate that you really don’t have time for.  If just for one day, say no to the ones that are begging because you don’t have it to give anyway.  If just for one day, relax because you know that you can really use it anyway.  If for one day, call in or take a vacation day and do you!  If you continue to allow the world to rob you of the things that God has given, you’ll eventually dry out like a slice of bread left out on a table.  If you don’t believe me, try leaving a slice of bread out for a few days.  Well, on this Christian journey, you too, can become dried out, if you allow yourself to be left out to dry.  If you constantly go without taking a break, you’ll dry out.  If you constantly give without receiving, you’ll dry out.  If you constantly listen to folks problems without someone to listen to yours, you’ll dry out.  In order to be able to breathe after you’ve stopped, you have to be revived.  Once you’ve been revived, then you have to be rejuvenated.  You do know that when you’ve been rejuvenated, you are being restored to an original or new state, right?  2 Corinthians 5:17 say “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”

If just for one day, take the time to be rejuvenated.  There is only one you and once you’re gone, you can’t be replaced. Spend some time alone, resting and meditating on God’s word.  When you are strong, you are capable of defending yourself against the devil’s attacks but when you’re weak, your guards are down.  When you are strong, you are able to help somebody up who may have fallen, but if you’re weak you’ll probably get pulled down reaching out to them.  When you’re strong, you can whether the storms that come into your life, but when you’re weak, you’ll run and hide as soon as the thunder starts.  When you are strong, you are able to handle the death of a loved one, but when you are weak, you’ll allow it to consume you.  You are strong because God has built you with unbelievable strength.  Don’t believe me, read Isaiah 40:29 which say “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.”  Still don’t believe me, read Psalm 29:11 that say “The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.”

If just for one day let go and let God handle all the things that have you burdened down.  If just for one day, smile instead of crying.  If just for one day, love instead of hating.  If just for one day, pray for someone instead of gossiping.  If just for one day, help somebody instead of hurting.  If just for one day, live like there is no tomorrow.  If for just one day, stop worrying about the past because you can’t change it no way.  Matthew 6:27 say “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?”  If for one day, stop worrying about the future because it isn’t promised.  Matthew 6:34 say “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”  There isn’t much sense in worrying about things that you can’t change.  So if you would, if just for one day, let God handle your problems.  He is much more capable of getting them fixed faster than you or I can.  Just have a little faith and trust in him.  He’ll see you through every time.  Colossians 1:11 says “May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy.” 

Published by Pastor LaKisha

LaKisha Johnson is an author of thirty Christian Fiction novels, devotionals and journals. She writes from her heart, as she hopes the messages, on the pages, will relate to every reader.  Ask her and she’ll tell you, ”It’s not just writing, its ministry.” Over the course of her career, she’s won the 2018 Drunken Druid Book of the Year Award for her book, The Forgotten Wife, 2019 Top Shelf Christian Fiction Book of the Year for Dear God: Hear my Prayer, 2020 Distinguished Authors Guild Award for her book, I’m Not Crazy and was a 2020 TopShelf Women’s Fiction Finalist for her book, When the Vows Break. In addition to being a self-published author, she’s also a wife of 22 years, mother of 2, Asst. Pastor of Macedonia MB Church in Hollywood, MS; Sr. Business Analyst with FedEx, Devotional Blogger and more. She’s a college graduate with 2 Associate Degrees in IT and a Bachelor of Science in Bible.   LaKisha writes from the heart, and this is why she doesn’t take the credit for what God does. If you were to strip away everything, you’d see that Lakisha is simply a woman who boldly, unapologetically and gladly loves and works for God.

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