Book review of “Great Day, Everyday” by Max Lucado.
A great day, everyday? But what about those days when the washing machine has broken, there is no milk in the fridge, the kids won’t stop bickering, and the pain from the migraine is almost unbearable?
I will dig deep and say as if I truly believe it, “Today is a GOOD DAY. I will embrace all the wonderful possibilities found in the God who holds it.”
“In Great Day Every Day: Navigating Life’s Challenges with Promise and Purpose, Max Lucado unpacks Jesus’ blueprint for dealing with such days: Saturate your day in Jesus’ grace. Entrust your day to His oversight. Accept His direction. It’s the only prescription to fill your day with God-given purpose.”
I personally, have had to learn how to take life one-day-at-a-time.
Max Lucado writes, “Days are the bite-size portions of life, the God-designed segments of life management. A gift of twenty-four un-lived, unexplored hours.”
Today is the only day we have — and God made it. To Live in it it must be lived in the present. We can way it down with yesterday’s regrets or we can sour it with tomorrow’s worries. “Always be joyful. Pray continually, and give thanks whatever happens, is what God wants for you in Christ Jesus” |1 Thessalonians 5:16–18 NCV|
It only take one good eye to see all the negative circumstances in our life, but it takes inner eyes and eyes of faith to find the blessing and the beauty in the midst of them. In his book Great Day, Every Day, Max Lucado encourages the practice of giving thanks daily, especially hard thanks. I could not agree more with the life-changing, heart-transforming benefit of counting our blessings.
Max Lucado also reminds us to be immersed in the grace and mercy of God, daily. “The Lord’s love never ends; his mercies never stop. They are new every morning” |Lamentations 3:22–23 NCV|
Max Lucado asks,
“But wouldn’t we like to relish more of our day? We can. Begin with God’s grace. As we accept his forgiveness, our day of gripes and groans becomes a day of gratitude. Yes, gratitude. Gratitude is the firstborn child of grace, the appropriate response of the blessed. Gratitude lifts our eyes off the things we lack so we might see the blessings we possess.”
In addition, negative thoughts cannot add joy or strength to our life. In God’s word we are even admonished to, “Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life” |Proverbs 4:23 NCV|
Max Lucado’s book,Great Day, Every Day, provides insight and wisdom on how to navigate through the challenges of our life. It encourages us to walk out our days — day by day — changing our focus from the negative, to focusing on all the gifts and grace God lavishes on us. It encourages us to think beyond our own interests and needs and find joy in blessing others.
In a section at the end of the book, we are led on a 30 day journey to:
Saturate Our Day in His Grace
Trust Our Day to His Oversight and
Accept His direction
We are then offered a different challenge for each day, such as:
Identify one tough area of your life, and choose to rejoice in it today or,
With Christ as your example, choose to forgive someone who has wronged you. Show that person undeserved, unexpected grace.
I would recommend this book to you, and I intend on going through the 30 day challenge with my family over the summer. I pray for God to, “Teach us how short our lives really are so that we may be wise” |Psalm 90:12 NCV|
I received this book from Book Sneeze, at no cost to me, for my honest review.