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Life is what you make it

Regular contributor Ruth Lilley urges us to seize the opportunity to make the most of each new day.

I have a few perpetual calendars around the house, and each day look forward to the words of encouragement they might bring.  When I turned over one of the calendars, this is what I read, "Life is what you make it, always has been, always will be." As I read the quote, I smiled to myself as they were exactly the words I needed to read, just the reminder I needed. 
My life may not be where I would have liked it to be. However it is where it is and that is OK! So, instead of dwelling on the why’s and the what if's, I choose to learn how to embrace this season I find myself in. How exciting could each day be if I live knowing that my day will be what I make it?
It is not possible to go back and make alterations to what has already been, but I can make a difference today. Instead of looking to others to make a day good, bad, or somewhere in between, I should be looking to myself to make something of each new day. 
That something could be seeing new opportunities in the day ahead - committing to speaking kindness, love, and encouragement over the people in my life; committing to putting someone else's needs before my own. Seeking to make the most and the best out of all a new day brings. Opening my eyes to living life differently and choosing to have hope in a brand new day. 
Choosing to accept that 'life is what I make it' enables a letting go of expectation. No-one, other than me, can knock my day down when I accept that I am the one who is making my life what it is. If a knock down comes my way, I can take a deep breath, let it all go and remind myself that I am 'making' this new day. 
Each day brings along moments which are new and bright, I believe that I just need to open my eyes wider to see this newness, rather than believing that I already know it all. 
For me, the best part is that I do not have to do this on my own. The One who encourages me to see each day as new, is One who is trustworthy, faithful, and good. I am so grateful that my God is walking right beside me as I discover more and more that, "life is what you make it, always has been, always will be."

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ruth starkings 150CFRuth Lilley teaches at an infant school in Norwich. She also enjoys writing, and writes a regular blog called ‘With Every Sun Comes A New Day.’


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