Headed to work this morning I had a Disney playlist going on Spotify when Lily Jame’s version of “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes” began playing. I’ve heard this song from various artist all through my life because I love Disney, and I especially love Cinderella. But something hit me this morning that hadn’t occurred to me before now.
In the animated version when Cinderella sings this song it’s at the beginning of the movie and we’ve just been given the synopsis of Cinderella’s early years. She lost her father, her mother, and now she lives in the attic because she has an evil stepmother and two wicked stepsisters. Yet, she wakes up with a song. She looks out her window at the castle with hopeful dreams of what could happen if her dreams did come true. Let me tell you it doesn’t take too much for me to get down in the dumps, and I definitely don’t wake up with a song on my lips. But what if I made a different choice?
What if, no matter what’s going on in my life I woke up and chose joy. Cinderella didn’t wait for the ball, didn’t wait for the prince to choose a good attitude. She didn’t things or people to make her happy, she chose to find joy in the little things, in the dreams she had.
No, I’m not saying we have to go around all Pollyanna-like all the time and frankly, that can get annoying but even when life throws hurt rejection, and all sorts of stuff that just plain sucks, at us, we can still choose joy.
We don’t have to wait for something good to happen. The only basket we should put our eggs in, is God’s. He’s the reason we can wake up and choose joy. When our focus is on Him we see how He’s provided what we need for today, for this moment, for this very minute. When we try other baskets, our eggs will fall out and splatter everywhere.
“Give thanks in all circumstances: for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 5:18
How to Wake Up Singing:
- Take some deep breaths
- This helps focus your mind and slowly wake yourself up, especially if you’re not a morning person
- Full Body Stretch
- Stay laying down under the covers and lift your hands behind your head and stretch. It just feels good and wakes up your body
- Leave the phone alone
- There will be plenty of time to check Instagram and Facebook later, now, before your feet hit the ground just leave the world to itself and enjoy the quiet
- Make a list
- I love to make lists! There’s something relaxing about checking off things that I’ve accomplished. As you’re laying there waking up, make a list of what you want to get done today as well as a list of what has to get done. This helps me start focusing in on what’s ahead and looking forward to getting things done, even if that’s just enjoying my day with some art and Netflix.
- Remind Yourself What You Have
- Maybe you cried yourself to sleep the night before, maybe you had a hard day and the morning just wakes it all up again. Or maybe you don’t like your job and you’re dreading going to work today. Whatever you’re going through use the last few minutes in bed to remind yourself what you have to be grateful for, and that can be as simple as thanking God for allowing you another day of life. Start making another list in your head of all He’s provided for you, your family, your house, that you have a job even if you don’t like it, and before you know it you’ll probably find yourself with a larger list than you thought. When we start naming off the things we have we are less likely to focus on what we don’t have.
Now wake up and start your day! Choose joy and choose to live a life filled with the hope of Jesus Christ. If we have nothing else we have that, and that’s enough to make me want to sing.