In the last few years, I have
adopted a mantra that I live my
life by. You possibly have heard
me say it from time to time. The
mantra is simple, “it’s a good
day to be alive.” I must be
honest with you, there have
been times in my life in which a
phrase like this would have little value to me,
because I did not always find meaning in life and I
did not think that life was good…

The truth of the matter is that life is very difficult
and we have a predisposition of allowing the
external difficulties of life to negatively affect the
internal peace that Jesus promised to us. Life is
hard. Bad things happen, often. Cruelty exists in the
world. The innocent are exploited. “For your sake
we are being killed all the day long; we are
regarded as sheep to be slaughtered” (Romans
8:36). Yet, “it’s a good day to be alive.” The pain
you have experienced is not to be dismissed. Even
still, the goodness of God that dwells within you is
greater than any pain or peril you have or ever will

Your pain is real. Yet, I invite you to allow the
goodness of God to set your mind, heart and spirit
at ease today. After all, God has covenanted to walk
with us for all time. It is because He is present
during your pain that you can proclaim, “it’s a good
day to be alive!”

Mary and Martha
Luke 10:38-42, ESV
38 Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a
village. And a woman named Martha welcomed Him
into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary,
who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to His
teaching. 40 But Martha was distracted with much
serving. And she went up to Him and said, “Lord, do you
not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell
her then to help me.”
41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you
are anxious and troubled about many things,
42 but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good
portion, which will not be taken away from her.”