The Best Day Ever

What was the best day of your life? Do you have a specific day? Your wedding day, perhaps? The day your child was born? The day you graduated? The day you got your masters? The day you first drove a car? The day you moved? 
Everyone I have asked this question (after some thought) can give me a specific answer. Sometimes, I get "do I have to pick just one?" as a reply! 

I have this friend whom I would often ask the question, "what was the best day of your life?" and he would always respond with:

"today is." 

I hated that answer. 

"No, it's not!" I would retort. 

Seriously? How can today be the best day ever? I literally watched someone yell at you cause they were angry! You just had to kick someone out of the building we were in because they were causing trouble... dude, I literally just watched you cry... this absolutely, cannot possibly be the best day ever for you. No. No. No. No. No. No. I don't believe it.
You are delusional. 

I'd like to publicly announce that if you were to ask me that exact question now, What was the best day of your life, I will answer with:

"Today is." 

Who am I?

You guys. This past Saturday, I had a really hard conversation that I didn't want to have with a friend where we talked about some idols in my life and what needed to change and I cried cause it hurt and yet, it was still the best day ever. I didn't get half the things that I planned to do today done, and it's still the best day ever. I didn't even eat a cookie today and it was the best day ever. I panicked a little (lot) over finances today and it was still the best day ever. One of my closest friends snapped and yelled at me and I sat down and cried on the street in the middle of downtown Fort Worth and it was still the best day ever. 

Every day of my life is the new best day ever.

You too probably assume I am delusional: Scout, you CRIED, how was that the best day ever?!?!

I feel like time and maturing fixes a lot of things, but, it's truly Jesus who fixes all things, including my stubborn mindset that something has to go "my way" in a day for it to be deemed "the best day ever."
I've learned that this is just not true. 
Having things go my way is doesn't mean I have everyone's best interest at heart: It means I have my own agenda at heart. 

Each day, upon waking up, I try to be thankful for the circumstances I have. I am blessed to be in Seattle, 2,000 miles from where I call home, tackling goals I have had for years! The sun came up again today: Best Day Ever. I have a phone, a house to live in, and I am around many people who enjoy art as much as I do, if not MORE than I do. I am very well loved by friends both in Texas and new friends in Seattle. My pants still fit. Best Day Ever. ;) My God has saved me by sending his Son to die for my sins. 

I am learning to take myself out of my present circumstance and look at the bigger picture of my life, and when I do this, I am able to have a better perspective and be thankful for where I have come from and where I am going. When I look at things with this perspective, I am so thankful to be alive and I realize that this is the new best day of my life. 

I think this song sums up my thoughts on this: 

It don’t matter where you bury me
I’ll be home and I’ll be free
It don’t matter where I lay
All my tears be washed away

My daily circumstances, while important, don't have to influence my day for better or for worse. Each day I live is a gift; I'm not promised tomorrow. It's something I assume. When I remember that my ultimate goal in life is to love the Lord with all my heart, and do what he has asked me to do, I am honored to live each day as the "best day ever" - cause it truly is!