I’ll never forget one day I had in Brazil when utter frustration consumed me. To be honest, I don’t remember exactly what the frustrations were, but I know I was mad about something and it was taking over my thoughts. I was driving from our apartment to the school where we were teaching, and I was reminded of a song I learned a long time ago that was written using a phrase from Psalm 118: “This is the day that the Lord has made.” When we realize that God is the author of our days, our frustrations seem a little less significant because we know that God, in His grace, mercy, and love, is allowing us to face them. Regardless of today’s circumstances, I must get to the point where I recognize God’s gift of the day, and I must choose to rejoice and be glad even if the circumstances are frustrating or challenging. The reason I say that I must choose to rejoice and be glad is that the only other alternative is bitterness. If I don’t choose to rejoice and be glad, then bitterness takes over, and I feel that I have been dealt an unfair hand in life. It’s because I know that God loves that I can rejoice in today – He won’t give me anything that isn’t for my benefit. So today make the choice to be glad and rejoice in what the Lord has given you.