This is the day the Lord has made, not the enemy. So no matter what you’ve heard to the contrary, you don’t have to spend all your energy protecting yourself against what might go wrong, and things you can’t control. For too long you dealt with the negativity around you that way, but you’re done letting that old mindset exhaust you.
Instead, you’re going to take time in God’s presence—receiving his love, and bringing your heart, mind, and all your circumstances inside his peace. You’re going to walk through this day purposefully with him, growing in joy, confidence, and your ability to hear him as you go. Rather than emptying yourself for everyone, you’re simply going to bless others out of the continual strength and encouragement he’s giving you. No one’s fears, wounds, offenses, or judgments can define, manipulate, or contain who you are in Jesus. You are who he says you are.
“David was overwhelmingly distressed . . . but he strengthened himself in the Lord his God” (1 Samuel 30:6).