Have something to look forward to
Align your will with God's
Value each moment
Extend a helping hand
Accept whatever comes your way
Work hard and enjoy it
Name your blessings one by one
Daily walk with God
Express gratitude to God and others
Find someone to cheer up
Use your time wisely
Laugh a lot
Decide to have a wonderful day
Accept yourself as God made you
Yield to the Holy Spirit
I posted the "HAVE A" ways in previous years, and I would like to pick up where I left off which is WORK HARD AND ENJOY IT. So without any more delay, here is the next installment in "Ways to Have A Wonderful Day!"
We all have different jobs and duties to perform. Some we do not mind doing, bu there are others that we dread having to do. I don't know about you, but for me there are a lot more that I dread doing than those that I don't mind having to do. I mean seriously, who really enjoys doing the laundry or washing the dishes? I know that I sure don't. I would much rather read a book or work a puzzle instead of having to do my laundry or cleaning. What about jobs outside of housework? I was looking online, and I found that only 27% of Americans actually like their jobs. That is not a lot of people if we stop and think about how many billions of people live in America. I know that I have had jobs that I did not like and wished I could quit or get of them somehow. But at the same time I have had jobs that I did like and enjoyed them.
All of that being said, if we get up every morning dreading having to go to work or complaining about what we have to do today or wishing we could put have doing the laundry til another, then we are obviously not going to Have A Wonderful Day. I know I am guilty of this very thing. I wake up thinking okay it is Monday, Tuesday, etc. what is it I have to do today. I then I remember I have a dozen different things to do that day(some of which I have been putting off doing because I don't like doing them or didn't want to do them when I was supposed to them), and suddenly I am not in a mood to get out of bed. This ruins my entire day. I drag myself out of the bed and then slowly begin to get ready for the day, but the entire time I am thinking to myself "Do I really need to do that today?" or "Is there anything that can wait another day to get done?" and I have pretty much put myself in a bad mood for most of the day.
So how can we avoid falling into this trap of not necessarily being lazy, but of just not liking are work and the things that we have to do? I must I admit that I am no expert at this yet, but I am still trying to work at it. One way I have found that makes grueling tasks not so unbearable is play uplifting music as you do them. I don't know about you, but if I have uplifting music playing in the background, then it helps me work better and faster. Another thing that seems to help me is to set goals for myself. For example, I am sure a lot of you just went through Spring Cleaning. Well when we think of everything that we have to do for Spring Cleaning, we can get discouraged very quickly because there is so much to do. So one way to avoid the discouragement is to set goals for yourself like on Monday I am going to clean all of the windows and wash all of the rugs in the house, on Tuesday I am going to clean out all of the kitchen cabinets and the refrigerator, on Wednesday I am going to wash all of the baseboards, vents, and walls in the house, etc. or you could do it a room at a time like Monday the living room, Tuesday the bedrooms, Wednesday the kitchen, etc instead of looking at all of the house as whole and trying to figure out how in the world am I going to get this done. Then if I completed my goal for the day, then I would give myself a little treat. Maybe a special dessert after supper or maybe just relaxing longer with a good book. You can apply this method to any task that needs done not just your housework. Like student having projects and homework assignments. Do not wait until the last minute to do them like I know so many do. If you know you have 5 assignments do the first week of May, then make goals for yourself and space out when you are going to work on the assignments and do not wait to the week before or even the night before they are do to get them done. This only leads to a ton of stress and frustration.
The Bible tells us in Colossians 3:23 "And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;". "Do it heartily" is the phrase that I wish to focus on here (and there is nothing wrong with the rest of the verse). Now just like most words heartily has many different definitions; one of which is "with gusto and without reservation" another is "with all the heart; sincere". So we are supposed to put our whole heart into our work and work with gusto and without reservation whether we like our jobs or the task we have before us or not. This can be very hard to do, I know. But the Bible tells us to do so. I have found that if I put my whole heart into something that I usually enjoy doing it more. I know it is very difficult to put your whole heart into cleaning your bedroom, but we need to try to do so if we do not want to dread the entire job. The Bible also tells us in Ecclesiastes 9:10a "Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might;..." So now the Bible is telling us to work hard. Not just to work hard at things we enjoy like planning a party for your Mom or decorating for Christmas, but work hard in all that we do. Yes I know that it is easier to work harder at some things than it is others, but the Bible doesn't say we get to pick and choose the jobs that we give our best to. We are supposed to give our best to all that we do.
So how can we Have A Wonderful Day? Work hard at whatever job, task, or duty you have been given and enjoy doing it. Yes it can be challenging at times, but the more we try to have a positive outlook on the things we have to do, the easier it will become to Wok Hard and Enjoy It.
Have A Wonderful Day!!!