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Sunrise in your heart


It is a beautiful morning

Psalms 118:24

This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.

We learnt this scripture in Sunday school. This verse, along with John 3:16 are the most common scriptures that children memorize. To rejoice is to feel or show great joy and delight.

What is the first thought that comes to mind when you wake up? I have learnt that successful people wake up with a sense of gladness and gratitude to get another day to go live their dream. I used to wake up with a to-do list in my head starting with housework. I dont keep a nanny or house keeper so i would wake up with images of a load of laundry to do, floors to mop, client meetings to attend, groceries to buy and put away, a car that has not been washed for 2 weeks, a Bible study assignment to finish...I would put all these things like the rungs of a ladder, stacked up in my mind and wake up with a jolt to tackle the day.

I have been studying successful people for two years now. Diligently studying them. From all walks of life. From athletes to musicians, actors, scientists, academicians, policy makers, politicians and legislators and entrepreneurs. I found one interesting common thread.

They took this Sunday school scripture quite seriously. In fact, they took it more seriously than any of us did. They have magnanimous amounts of gratitude. It is never too late to start. I am still a work in progress. I am determined to be more grateful each day than i was yesterday. I feel happier, lighter and more optimistic.

Let us be grateful for the year gone and the year beckoning us come.


Lord, i repent for the times i have found more time to complain and grumble and less time to be grateful. I pray that you may help me to build up a heart and mind of gratitude. Give me the joy of the Lord that is my strength and may i build a storehouse of gratitude and praise for your blessings all around me. Amen

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