When lounging in a tropical paradise, closing an advantageous business deal, receiving an A on an exam, or welcoming your first child into the world, it's easy to affirm, "This is the day the LORD has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it" (Psalm 118:24, NKJV). But what about the other days? Days when traffic's snarled for hours, your spouse isn't speaking to you, the mortgage is late, or the doctor bears heartbreaking news. Can these be days the LORD has made? Max Lucado says "Yes, every day." Drawing stories from daily life and the Bible, he prescribes a formula for rejoicing in the midst of your very worst days. By saturating your day in grace, entrusting it to God's oversight, and accepting His direction (G-O-D), you can upgrade your day from shame-filled, anxious, purposeless---you name it---to blue-ribbon status.
Doesn't every day deserve a chance to be a good day? An opportunity? A shot? A tryout? An audition? A swing at the plate? After all: "This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it." But what of those days when traffic snarls, airports close, friends forget, and spouses complain? Or divorce days, final exam days, surgery days, tax days, or even days when the cemetery dirt is still fresh?
"Yes, every day," says best-selling author Max Lucado. In Every Day Deserves a Chance he unpacks Jesus' delightful formula for upgrading each of your days to blue ribbon status: saturate your day in Jesus' grace; entrust your day to His oversight; accept His direction. Grace. Oversight. Direction. G-O-D. The perfect prescription for filling your day with divine power and giving every day a chance.
More than 120 million readers have found inspiration and encouragement in the writings of Max Lucado. He lives with his wife, Denalyn, and their mischievous mutt, Andy, in San Antonio, Texas, where he serves the people of Oak Hills Church.
Beloved Christian author Lucado (Traveling Light), whose books have sold over 55 million copies, follows the psalmist by encouraging readers to "rejoice and be glad" every day. Lucado does mean every day-even the day you get fired, or the day you learn your husband is having an affair. Since God is in charge, even lousy days are opportunities to grow, serve and find joy. Lucado provides a formula for this tall task: "Grace. Oversight. Direction," easily remembered by the unsubtle acronym G-O-D. The first step to rejoicing each morning is to drench your day in Jesus' grace, remembering that Jesus has forgiven you for whatever mistakes you made yesterday. Next, seek God's oversight and provision in all that you do. Finally, if you "want to blow the cloud cover off your gray day," embrace the direction God offers you. To illustrate these three principles, Lucado draws on biblical stories and contemporary unsung heroes of the faith: a Christian lawyer who oversees an orphanage in Beijing, for instance. "Daylifters"-page-long reflections on Scripture-conclude each chapter, and a study guide (not seen by PW) fills out this inspiring, if anodyne, book. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.