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HomeWord - July 3, 2008

Good Days 
This devotional was written by Jim Grams

Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies.  Psalm 34:12-13

Yesterday was a good day. I won an important golf match and moved on to the next round in our President’s Cup tournament.  I knew it was a good day because recently I lost a match and that was definitely not such a good day!  I think most of us would like every day to be a good day.  But, if every day was a good day…think about it…we wouldn’t ever experience “really good” days.  It’s the bad days that help us appreciate the good ones.

Years ago, while we were living in South Africa, I had a long bout with hepatitis.  I was very sick and it was during that time I learned to appreciate health.  Difficult times help us appreciate the good times.  Without some failure, we cannot fully appreciate success.

How often do we catch ourselves saying, “I’m having a bad day”?  It is an amazing fact that our brains can convince our bodies they are sick.  We’re like the little boy who creates a stomachache so he won’t have to go to school.  And, we also have the ability to make every day pretty good.  Waking up with a positive attitude, ready to face anything in the strength of the Lord just about guarantees a good day.  The Psalmist adds to the verse above with these words: “Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.”  Good days are like mountain peaks.  There is a journey, a struggle to get to the top of a mountain, but once there…the view is awesome and the climb worth it.

God wants to help us have good days.  In fact, He promises to be with us for every event, every step, for every day.  God gives us the confidence to find the good and to just be good!  One of the best things about having a good day is that it affects everyone around us.  Our good days make other people have better days.  Our good days demonstrate the love of Jesus in us.  And that is why we live!

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1. Take a moment and jot down 4-5 things that will help make your tomorrow a good day

2. Make sure your good days go deeper than your circumstances.


Philippians 4:8-9; Colossians 3:1-3

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