A Good Day, Everyday
And God saw that it was good."
- Genesis 1:10
Have a Good Day
! believe there lies a powerful goodness at the heart of existence, a goodness that also exists deep in our hearts. This makes today a good day in a fundamental way, a good day because God sees it that way. It is built in, and like God, here for us. We join in this goodness by being open to all the good that surrounds us, and by allowing the good that's within us to flow. We turn our eyes towards any little bit of of good that we happen to notice, letting it in. We allow this goodness to be a part of our lives, as we allow God's love to be with us. This love is comforting, yet empowering. It enables us to see more of the beauty and wonder in this world, and the love in the hearts of all who occupy it. So as it may be sunny or cloudy on this fine summer morning, I still say, "Have a good day."
Taste and see that the Lord is good."
- Psalm 34:8
Experience the Goodness
God's goodness fills our senses. Our eyes smile at the lilies of the field and our ears dance to the songs from the birds of the air. We see the soothing greens of an early spring morning, and we enjoy the fragrance in the air after a summer rain. We see the vibrant colors of autumn, and the pristine white of a snow covered field. And whatever season it happens to be, we see.
We feel the goodness, from the quiet beauty of a mountain range to the sounds and smells of a seaside surf. We feel the beauty when we listen to fine music and look at fine art. We savor the tastes and smells of our daily breads. We breathe it in and feel it in our bones. We stop to smell the coffee as well as the roses.
We take a moment to be thankful, and as we do so, our senses become more finely tuned, leading us to discover more things in this world that are good, and more to be thankful for.
This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it."
- Psalm 118:24
Many Good Days
A great many days, time almost beyond imagination, have brought us to this day, yet it is still a day of creation. With the power of God's energy and love, we can create good days for ourselves and others. Being kind and cheerful, we increase the good in the world. Through understanding and giving, we increase the peace. Every day is a new day, every moment a new moment, and we will see "many good days" when we "do good: seek peace and pursue it." (Psalms 34 12-14) Today is the day of God's peace, and now is the moment of God's love. We create good days whenever we do anything that brings peace to any situation, large or small, increasing the peace in the world, bit by bit. We can create peace and we can increase it. We can do it today. We do not need to wait for the world's problems to suddenly disappear before we smile. Our cheer and joy helps create good days, increasing the peace and goodness in the world. We know we are in a fundamentally good space, although the good sometimes seems to be hidden from view.
Life is hard. There may be problems to be solved and tasks to be completed. But when we remind ourselves that today is a good day at its source, we can, perhaps, approach our troubles more optimistically with smiles on our faces and joy in our hearts, anticipating favorable outcomes. Our cheer and joy helps us to reveal the goodness of God to the world, uncovering more of that good space. We again become thankful,.as the natural goodness, the built in goodness, becomes less hidden in this good world. The more good we uncover, the more we are able we are to rejoice. The more we rejoice, the more we uncover. This gives us a peaceful, easy feeling which we keep with us as we move about this wonderful world. This is our pursuit of peace.
We seek peace because we know it is real; we know that we will find that which we seek, as we take small steps toward that end. Keeping the idea of peace in our minds, and having love in our hearts, we will indeed see many more good days.
Let there be light."
- Genesis 1:3
It is a good day because God sees it that way. We look around and see much that does not appear to be good: the often un-peaceful state of the world, our daily dose of media provided not so good news, and sometimes some unfortunate not so good news of the more personal kind. There may be events from the past, some not so good memories, as well as some present not so good habits or circumstances that make it difficult to experience or accept the goodness of this day, or any other day. But it is indeed a good day and we are invited to participate in it. We are invited to let God's light shine in us. We shine when we are loving and caring, kind and forgiving. We remind ourselves of the immense power of our own light, and the power in even the smallest amount of joy. With faith we practice these things while we continue to expose more of God's light, which can lead to a more peaceable world. We all desire peace, but it begins with us, so at times we may need to let go and allow Gods goodness to bring peace to our moment. Again we open our hearts and let in the light and then allow it to flow.
The good news is that behind all this good stuff is God's love, of which there is no limit. And there is no limit to the love that we are capable of. With this love, we get a God's eye view of the world and we see that it is good. We rejoice and give thanks.
And so there was evening and now morning, sun shining or perhaps a bit of rain. And God sees that it is good.
Take a moment, if you wish, to give an opinion, and feel free to leave a comment below.
How do you feel about the fundamental state of reality?
© 2012 Paul K Francis