It is important to embrace every day as a gift from God. Yes, we will have trials and hardships. We will have times of sickness and times of sorrows. There will be people who hate us and scorn us. There will be those who spread false rumors about us.
We may be lacking in things we hold so dear, like the love of someone close to us. Some are barren and long for children. Some are single and long for a soul mate to share life with. Some have illness to deal with that does not go away.
Children will be grumpy and disobedient. Friends may forget about us and forget to call or check in on us. People may be cruel and heartless, it seems.
Still, in all this, there is joy to be found. There is still the sunshine that shines down on us, like a gift from our Heavenly Father. We must be careful to find the joy that is available to us. We should wake up and say, "This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it." (Psalm 118:24) Regardless of how we might be feeling, we must do our duty and commit our lives to the Lord for His service. We must press on in integrity even when people are cruel to us. We must know when people speak evil of us, the Lord knows what is really true about us.
Take notice of the beauty in the world around you. Is it a beautiful blue sky? Or is it the clouds? Is it God's gift of rain on a hot day? Is it a tiny flower blooming in your path? Is it the wonder of God's tiniest creatures such as the crickets my children are keeping as "pets"? Is it the greenery in the trees that surround you? Or is it the barrenness of the desert which amazes you when you find a living creature in it? Whatever it is, you may always be sure to find beauty in God's creation if you will only look for it.
We must set a good example for our children and show them by our actions and cheerful words how to be thankful.
A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.
All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.
A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
Please also see this encouraging post by Lady Lydia called Every Day is a Gift.
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