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Be the World's "Sunny & 75"

Unlike most mornings, the struggle to convince my body to get out of bed this morning was not as daunting as usual.

Did I have an exciting day ahead of me, or a flight to catch to an all inclusive resort with a beach? Absolutely not. However, for the first time in awhile, the sun was shining in New York, and the evidence of a long-anticipated spring peeked out from its hiding place.

The weather reports confirmed 70 degrees and sunshine - a perfect recipe to encourage winter hibernators to come out from hiding, and indulge in any sort of outdoor activity - if not simply just open the shades and take in the rare appearance of Vitamin D.

I didn't have a special day ahead of me, but my body felt different.

My muscles begged me to lace up my sneakers and enjoy a run. My mind raced with the possibilities of productivity for school papers and creative writing. My soul yearned to enjoy the fresh air, and take on whatever tasks may come my way.

While getting ready for work, I listened to a podcast by Joyce Meyer, who, ironically, was preaching about how to choose a joyous attitude and enjoy your life - even amidst the trials. While applying strokes of mascara to my naked eyelashes, the affirmations of "Amen" came from my mouth as my spirit danced, agreeing that I would take the day by storm and enjoy my life.

So, on my drive to work, you KNOW I rolled down my windows and blasted my music, performing a cringe-worthy, but passionate, concert for absolutely no one, with the intention of enjoying the heck out of this day.

My heart felt happy.

My heart felt full.

And then, I realized.

Why did I suddenly feel so different, even if my situation hasn't changed?

My trials still hover over my life like a consuming cloud, & this mundane time in my life is wearing me out far more than I show.

Okay, so I listened to Joyce, and decided I can be happy today, no matter what.

But, this happiness was not a derivation from the Truth of God.

This happiness was dependent on a weather report.

I bet you a million dollars, if the forecast called for rain, I would have had a completely different attitude. I might have groaned at Joyce's message, wondering how in the world I could be happy when I felt so unmotivated and hopeless.

How could I credit the weather with deciding the state of my soul, and dismiss the One who gives us His joy to indulge in daily?

"The joy of the Lord is your strength." Nehemiah 8:10

Although this uncharacteristic warm weather and sign of early spring was a blessing for March, it shouldn't be the reason why we suddenly feel happy.

Sure, warm weather certainly boosts mood, and has psychological benefits, but relying on perfect weather, which only comes every so often, will only cause a roller coaster of emotions and behaviors for you - which is just plain exhausting.

What if we chose to wake up every day like it was sunny & 75 (shoutout Joe Nichols)? What if we decided to spark our souls every day with motivation and hope, even if our bodies aren't completely cooperating?

What if we embraced our role of being light in the dark for so many others, and become their "perfect weather day"?

In case you haven't noticed the shift in mood today, I'll let you in on a little secret.

People need light.

They thrive on warmth.

They positively feed on sunshine.

Instead of waiting for nature to bring us this light, warmth & sunshine, why don't we bring it to the world?

After all, it's what Jesus has called us to do.

"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp & put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so they

may see your good works &

give glory to your Father

who is in Heaven" - Matthew 5:14-16

Don't let the rain keep you down. Don't let your trials keep you stuck. Don't wait for the sunshine to feel joyous & uplifted.

Smile at someone. Laugh with a friend. Write an encouraging word.

Be the light in someone else's life,

and God will shine through yours.


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