A guest post written by Elizabeth Nelson from San Diego, California.
Have you ever heard one of these phrases: Being in the moment, Defining the day, Responding with optimization? I like to think of these phrases as representing the spirit of the idea of Living in God’s Day, a phrase I use frequently as I strive to be a conscientious citizen and play a vital role in my community – especially during stressful times.
And what does living in God’s Day include?
I find a quote from the Bible helpful in answering this question: “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.” When I think about myself as God’s image, my thought opens up to new and fresh ideas and leads to the resolution of any challenge I’m facing. Then any stress just melts away.
Let me give you an example. While living in Los Angeles, I found myself on the mental and physical “treadmill” of having too much to do and not enough time to do it, working a demanding full-time job while completing a university graduate degree. I was also active in a number of sports and with all of my varied activities, I seemed to have too little time for spiritual study and prayer.
As the deadline for my graduate degree exam approached, and the feeling of too little time with too much to do increased, I realized that my need was for a deeper sense of God’s love and eternal presence in my days. I decided to take a short vacation from work and focus on spiritual study interspersed with graduate study. And the library where I was studying was right near a bicycle trail, so every two hours I would get on my bike and ride for thirty minutes. This refreshing change in my perspective – dropping the idea that I was a struggling mortal and embracing the idea that I was a joyous child of God – allowed me to gain a better sense of living in God’s Day. What I found was not limitation, but self-completeness and dominion. The work became more spontaneous, restful, and fun, and the stress and its accompanying pain lifted.
When I took my exam, I felt a sense of peace and composure, which I have continued to cultivate. And the immediate outcome of this prayerful work resulted in being awarded high grades, given the opportunity to lead the next semester’s study session, and receiving an employer commendation! This quote from Philippians in the Bible shows clearly the power of relying on God: “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Mary Baker Eddy, health and spirituality researcher, enriches this sense of God’s presence in her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: “To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, today is big with blessings.”
By being in the moment, defining the day, and responding with optimization, each of us has the opportunity to experience a day full of health, productivity, and peace – that’s God’s Day!