As we began our worship service on a warm day in August, our pastor prayed that we would be alive with anticipation like children at Christmas. In the middle of summer, it was an unexpected image that fired my imagination and caused me to think. Long after the closing hymn, I was still pondering his words and their startling implication.

What day of the year was I most likely to wake up early when I was a child? Christmas morning! Why? To open my presents, of course. When I went to bed on Christmas Eve, I would think, Tomorrow is going to be a great day! Way down deep, I believed that my parents would give me something special, and I couldn’t wait to find out what it was. That was the source of my anticipation and energy at daybreak every December 25.

How did you wake up this morning? How would your attitude change if you viewed each day as a gift from your loving heavenly Father? Perhaps that’s what the psalmist had in mind when he wrote, “This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it” (Ps. 118:24).

If we really believed that each day was a special gift from God, we would be like children at Christmas every morning of the year.