Daily Devotion

January 1, 2023

Enjoy each day of this New Year (1)

“Let’s celebrate and be glad today.” Ps 118:24 CEV


Each day is a gift from God. Next to your salvation, today is the most valuable gift you will ever receive. When you receive a gift, what do you do? Thank the giver, unwrap it, and enjoy it. Getting the idea? One Bible teacher writes: “I make an effort to focus on and enjoy every moment of my life, but doing so has been a long and difficult journey for me…I am a planner, and if I am not careful, I find myself planning the next thing while doing the current thing, which of course steals the present moment from me. Although being focused is a good thing, I can also easily get so focused on my work that I fail to enjoy the magic of the moment. For example, I was usually working while my children were little and found it difficult to even take a moment to stop and enjoy the cute things they said or did. I missed many of those moments and will never get them back. We should celebrate life and the people God has placed in our path. Life is to be enjoyed, not dreaded or regretted.” Solomon wrote: “There is nothing better for a man than that he should eat and drink and make himself enjoy good in his labor. Even this, I have seen, is from the hand of God” (Ecc 2:24 AMPC). Note these two phrases: (1) “From the hand of God.” That means it’s God’s will for you to enjoy every day. (2) “Make himself enjoy good.” That means you must look for things to celebrate each day. And you can start doing this—today!