Almost every morning I wake up and say, ‘This is the day that the LORD has made, I will rejoice and be glad it in.' It’s not because I’m so pious or naturally joyful!! In fact I have a tendency to see the glass half empty and lean towards the critical if I’m not careful. So, I need to make that daily commitment of choosing my attitude...and even then my halo sometimes slips during the day.
A few days ago, I added a new wake up phrase.
In all the times that I’ve read Proverbs 31 I’ve not taken any particular note of verse 25 but as I read it this past week, it stuck with me. In my New American Standard Bible it reads:
Strength and dignity are her clothing, And she smiles at the future.
I love that! Yes! So every morning when I go to the proverbial (pun intended) closet, I know exactly what I'm going to wear...
Clothed with strength, i.e., power over changes of earthly circumstances, which can easily shatter and bring to ruin if ones foundation isn’t solid.
Clothed with dignity, i.e., being worthy of honor or respect; having self respect.
This garment of powerful strength and true dignity allows me to look confidently into the future, and arms me against all sorrow and care.
Just for today, I can find the strength that I need for whatever I will face, and I can carry myself with dignity in the midst of it. Clothed with strength and dignity I can face the future with a smile…
Now, how many days does it take again to build a habit??