There he sat. A tall and lanky old guy. His legs looked rough and beat up. And he was in a wheelchair at a nursing home. He was not in the best of health.
As I walked towards him I said, "Good morning!". He looked at me with a big grin on his face, raised his fists, and said "I lived another day." We visited another minute before I walked inside. But I was blown away by his awesome attitude.
Every day is a gift. To simply wake up in the morning is something to be thankful for. That's exactly what Psalm 118:24 means when it says, "This is the day that the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it." That new day that just started is a nice present from God.
Just think about it. Every day is a blessing. If we are fortunate enough to wake up in the morning, we have been graciously given another opportunity to enjoy loving fellowship with God and be a blessing to our families and friends.
Perhaps we all would be better off following the example of the old guy at the nursing home. Let us wake up in the mornings just glad to be alive. Thankful that God gave us more time on this earth. And grateful for another opportunity to make a positive impact in this place where we temporarily live.