A Day at a Time


I have been hearing people say they can’t remember what day of the week it is with all this staying-at-home and all this virtual learning going on in schools. We have lost in some ways the rhythm of our week with the changes that have happened because of the pandemic.

In some ways, the Bible tells us, we do not need to really worry what day it is or how far we are into our week. All we need to do is be thankful for the day we are in. “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24). Each day is a gift, no matter when it is. Find ways to rejoice in the day. Look out at the sunshine. Take a walk. Breathe in the air. Listen for birds chirping. Feel the breeze. It is good to be in the moment.

Another way to look at our days, the Bible says, is not to think so much about future days, but just deal with the day at hand. Jesus said, “Do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” (Matthew 6:34). We cannot solve all of life’s problems in one day. All we can do is handle any issues that come up in any given day the best that we can. Piling on the problems of future days to one day’s agenda is not healthy or beneficial for us. It is in our interest to battle only what hardships a single day lobs at us. Deal with your days one day at a time.

St. Peter tells us, “With the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years like a day” (2 Peter 3:8). This helps us to remember that time is relative. What we think is a long time is nothing to our God, and what seems short to us can seem like an eternity to others. Don’t put all your hopes and dreams into one day. Let things happen naturally and by God’s design. We cannot control what a day may bring. So leave it up to God and let him take the reins. We will feel better each day knowing he is in charge of all our days.

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