Cicadas are loud, especially when I’m reading on the deck. This morning the shrill notes of their orchestra played fortissimo! Once they distracted me, I heard other sounds—a dog barking in the distance, the hum of the deck ceiling fan, and the songs of two different birds.
Although the cicadas were the smallest of the sound generators in my hearing range, they produced the loudest noise! Isn’t that like the problems we face each day? Do you notice that little challenges can cause big irritation? (Those “first world” problems I mean.)
- The item you ordered isn’t like the picture.
- You’re put on hold multiple times for three minutes each time, and you repeat your question three times.
- Your cell phone won’t stay on WiFi. (Mine today!)
- You forgot to buy the tuna for tuna salad. (Anybody?)
- While shopping, you realize the coupon you planned to use is—you guessed it—at home.
- The washer buzzes three times because the load isn’t balanced.
Those little “cicada” moments can disturb our otherwise peaceful days.
As I listed my “trials” one day, my wise closer-than-cousin friend said, “Life is so daily.” What? Her statement stopped me in my whining tracks.
Yes, life is so daily, but I’m not quite ready for the alternative, are you? I know because I’ve accepted Jesus as Savior that I will live in Heaven when I leave this earth, but I’m not rushing the Lord’s designated time for that.
Life is so daily.
The statement changed my attitude that day and still does when I remember in the middle of daily
Life is a gift from God. Earthly life offers opportunities to serve the Lord and the Bible promises eternal life with Him for Christ followers.
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life.John 3:36
I confess that sometimes daily annoyances rob my joy and cloud my awareness of the One who creates each day.
Another challenge can be those chores that feel like déjà vu.
Didn’t I just mop this floor yesterday?
Whether one or six people live in your home, life is daily, isn’t it? You vacuum, and someone tracks in dirt. You buy groceries, and someone eats them. You load the dishwasher, and the sink fills up. You cut the grass, and it grows right back.
Life is so daily.
My mom, who was a wonderful wife and mother, once said with a chuckle, “If my family didn’t eat and wear clothes, I could get something done!” Ever feel like that?
What is the best way to face the irritations that badger us and the never-ending tasks that thwart plans for a productive day? Consider two suggestions that help me. They are simple, yet profound.
Life is so daily, but there are biblical responses that please God.
This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.Psalm 118:24
Just imagine the change in our countenance and our outlook if we rejoiced during the day that God created!
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.1 Thessalonians 5:18
How do you maintain a thankful heart and a focus on God during daily challenges? Please leave a comment to BRIGHTEN OUR DAY.
I researched the origin of the quote “Life is so daily.” I was unable to find proper attribution but read many references to it.