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A Good Day, Today and Everyday
Have a Good Day
"And God saw that it was good."
- Genesis 1:10
There is, I believe, a powerful goodness that lies at the heart of existence, and a powerful goodness that lies deep in our hearts. It is a good day In a fundamental way. It is a good day because God sees it that way. The goodness is built in, and we are invited to participate in it, to see and to feel it; we are invited to experience all that is good and to rejoice in it, sharing it, and increasing it. We do this by being open to the goodness that surrounds us and the goodness we feel inside us. We turn our attention to any little bit of of goodness that we happen to notice, acknowledging it, letting it in. We know that God says it is good, so we allow God's wonders and God's love to be part of our lives. God's love comforts us and empowers us, enabling us to uncover more of the goodness, beauty and wonder that exists in this world and in the hearts of those who occupy it, bringing out the best in them and in ourselves.
So regardless of whether it is sunny or cloudy on this early autumn morning, I still say, "Have a good day."
Feel the Goodness
"Taste and see that the Lord is good."
- Psalm 34:8
God's goodness fills our senses. We see the beauty of nature - the lilies of the field and the birds of the air. We see the soothing greens of an early spring morning; we enjoy the fragrance of 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. Seeing it, we cannot avoid feeling it.
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. And we savor the tastes and smells of our daily breads. We breathe it all in and feel it in our bones. We stop to smell the coffee as well as the roses. It's a beautiful thing.
We take a moment to be thankful for it all, thankful for all of God's goodness, and as we do so, our senses become fine tuned, able to discover more things that are good, more good things to uncover, more things to be thankful for.
Every Good Path
We find God's goodness in the knowledge and wisdom from which we "understand what is right and just and fair."
We find it in the values and ethics that we discover in the teachings of the ancients as well as in the ponderings of later poets and sages. There is also goodness in the mystery and elegance of science and mathematics, and in the joys of our own learning and discovering.
We find God's goodness in love and laughter, our quests for peace and joy, and in the kindness and blessings that we extend and receive. We walk the good path when we place our values above other concerns in our daily decisions and actions. We do the right thing,
And God sees that it is good
Many Good Days
" This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it."
- Psalm 118:24
A great many days have passed, time almost beyond imagination, bringing us to this day, and yet it is still a day of creation. With the power of God's goodness - God's energy, we are able to create a good day for ourselves and others. Being kind and forgiving, we cheerfully increase the goodness in the world. Helping and giving, we increase the peace, for 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." When we seek peace, we become closer to God and God's love, because peace is God's way. And love is God's way.
Today is the day of God's peace, and now is the moment of God's love. It is good. 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 begin today.
We do not need to wait for the world to become a better place before we smile; we smile because we already know that it is a good place, a good space, even as we realize that this good space is often hidden from view.
We often find that much of our attention is focused on the not so good, and this is necessary as we need to address problems and hardships in our daily lives. But when we believe and when we remind ourselves that the world is good, and that today is a supremely good day at its source, we allow ourselves to rejoice and to smile. We approach our troubles more optimistically when we approach them with smiles on our faces and joy in our hearts, anticipating favorable outcomes. And we are thankful that things can work in these ways; we are thankful for today. And we continue to slowly uncover more of the natural goodness, the built in goodness, that lies at the heart of this wonderful world.
With joy in our hearts, we look out at the world around us and see more good things come into view. The more we uncover, the more we rejoice. The more we rejoice, the more we uncover. We remember to be thankful and we find ourselves often having a peaceful, easy feeling. This feeling is the beginning of our pursuit of peace. We keep this feeling with us as we move through this world, going about our day.
We seek peace because we know that it is real, and we know that we will find that which we seek, even if it is in small ways, through the small steps that we take toward that end. When we keep the idea of peace in our minds, and have love in our hearts, we will indeed see many more good days.
And God sees that it is good.
God says, "Let there be light." And there is. We say, "Let God's light be with us" And it is. It is the light of love; the light of goodness, At times, we also say, "Let go." And we do. We become quiet and still. We allow God's goodness, God's peace, to fill our hearts.
It is a good day, for God sees it that way. We look around us and see much that does not appear to be good: the often un-peaceful state of the world, our daily dose of not so good news provided by the news media, and sometimes some unfortunate not so good news of the more personal variety. And 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 do this by being loving and caring, kind and forgiving. We also do this through faith and trust, reminding ourselves of the power of forgiveness, kindness, and love. Through our faith, we practice these things; through our trust, we know that they are real. Through remembering and practicing, we uncover more of God's goodness.
Everyone wants to change the world. We all desire peace. So we again let go and allow Gods goodness to bring peace to our moment. We do and speak of good things. Jesus says, "The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart....For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks."
Again, we open our hearts to let in the goodness that surrounds us, and we find that we have our own goodness that is part of our natures as God's creatures, to let out as love.
There is no limit to this overflow of good, as there is no limit to the love in our hearts, no limit to the goodness and love that is God.
With God's love in our hearts, we allow ourselves to have a God's eye view of the world which can only be good.
May we be forever thankful for every bit of goodness that we experience in our day as we take small steps towards peace in God's good world.
Today is going to be a wonderful day because it already is a wonderful day. Believe! Believe and rejoice. 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 very, very good.
Have a good day.
"understand what is right...." Proverbs 2:9
"many good days"..."do good; seek peace...." - Psalms 34:12-14
"Let there be light" - Genesis 1:3
"The good man brings good things...." - Luke 6:45
All Bible passages are from the New International Version.
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How do you feel about the fundamental state of reality?
© 2012 Paul K Francis