Monday mornings are normally rough for me, and this morning was no different.
I woke up a few minutes before my alarm went off just to lay in bed for another forty minutes on my phone, trying to work up the motivation to start another week. Eventually, I went through the monotony of my morning routine, running out of time for my homework and leaving for class in a panic.
As I drove through the pouring rain on the familiar thirty-minute drive to my college, a song came on the radio that completely changed my perspective on the day.
The song is by Christian singer and songwriter Jamie Grace. It is a song that I used to listen to over and over again as a young teen, so I know the words by heart. The end of the first verse and chorus say,
‘Cause I can’t let a day go
Can’t let a day go by
Without thanking you for the joy that you bring to my life
And oh there’s something ’bout the way Your sun shines on my face
It’s a love so true, I could never get enough of You
This feeling can’t be wrong, I’m about to get my worship on
Take me away, It’s a beautiful day (“Beautiful Day” by Jamie Grace)
It’s a simple, catchy song that’s not particularly deep or profound, but, this morning, it hit me like a pile of bricks. Whether it be a cold, rainy Monday or a beautiful, sunny Friday, it is a day that the Lord has made, so I am commanded to rejoice and be glad in it!
My attitude about the things that happen in my life is not all that different from that of an unbeliever. I complain about everything, despite the fact that God tells me to do everything without complaining.
What if Christians changed their attitudes? What if we stopped complaining about the weather on facebook, stopped bemoaning to one another how little sleep we got last night, and stopped belly-aching about our lazy coworkers? I truly believe that our testimony as children of God would be so much greater if we only changed our attitudes. It doesn’t take a lot to be different from the world. We are called to be holy, which literally means “set apart.” It seems that Christians, including me, are just as bad as the next guy when it comes to our poor attitudes.
Last week, my family and I got stuck in highway traffic for over an hour. People were mad! A few got out of their cars to look around, forced their way into the other lane, or sped past on motor bikes to get to the nearest exit. Amidst the annoyance, though, my dad started to laugh. When my mom asked what was so funny, he said that the man in the semi-truck behind us was playing his guitar. Although we all got a good laugh out of it, that cheerful truck-driver made me think: Christians should always be the ones to pull out their guitars. Our attitudes should always be so different when we face annoyances and troubles that it should be blatantly clear that we are children of God.
That song on the radio this morning made me smile and changed my perspective. By the time I got to school and stepped out of my car into the downpouring rain, I could genuinely thank God for this beautiful day. Every day is a day that we can commune with our Creator, bless other people, and enjoy the life that God has given us. From now on, I am going to be more aware of my attitude so that I can be holy as Christ is holy (1 Peter 1:14-16). How are you going to be set apart today?