As I was tucking Eva in to bed, she looked up and said, “Tomorrow is going to be another big day.”

Her sheer enthusiasm and determined hope struck me.

“Yes, it is Eva,” I replied. “It absolutely is.”

But while I had no immediate recollection of exactly what made today “big,” nor was I aware of anything significant we had announced we were doing tomorrow, I knew I could agree with her.

Because she would make it a “big day.”

And as I shut off the light and slipped out of her room, I realized that’s exactly how God intends us to look at each tomorrow.

It’s going to be big.






And he designed it for living. Yet, so often our days aren’t “big days.” They’re flat, repetitive, predictable, and stale.

God’s fault? Our spouse’s fault? Our boss’? Our chosen (or unchosen) line of work?

Or ours?

Because we failed to catch something that a 6-year-old did. And maybe we have to act like we’re six to rediscover.

Life is a gift. Only the grateful make best use of it, and find everything wondrous.

Because the grateful can never be disappointed. ch:



Erin · 31 Aug ’11 at 8:10 am

Hi Pastor Hopper, I love this πŸ™‚ I experienced the same thing yesterday! When our 4-year-old woke up she was still lying there and the first thing she said as she stretched was a freshly-hopeful and adventurous, “What are we going to do toDAY?” And I thought the same thing– we/I gotta have that little-child outlook! (And my next thought was the fearful responsibility I have to be the one leading our kids in an educational adventure this day instead of wasting that.) Anyway here’s a Scripture to pair it with: John 10:10. God bless you and your family.

    Christopher Hopper · 31 Aug ’11 at 4:40 pm

    Wonderful story! And I LOVE John 10:10! LIFE ABUNDANT! Thanks for sharing that precious story.

Will · 31 Aug ’11 at 8:39 am

I love it Christopher! It is indeed going to be a big day!

    Christopher Hopper · 31 Aug ’11 at 4:40 pm

    Been praying for you throughout today, Will. BIG THINGS.

Beth Walrath · 31 Aug ’11 at 9:37 am

Somewhere growing up we lose the childlike imagination & dreams. We take little things for granted that to a child make the day a Big day. I think that’s why God gave us kids. πŸ™‚

    Christopher Hopper · 31 Aug ’11 at 4:41 pm

    I SO agree with this. I’ve found the me I’ve lost in my kids. What a joy…and what a journey.

Rebekah · 31 Aug ’11 at 10:26 am

That’s funny..yesterday night was NOT a great night of work, so I said to my manager as I was leaving (and later tweeted the same thing),
“I’m going home to bed, so I can wake up to a better, brighter tomorrow!” πŸ™‚ Cheesy? Yes…BUT today is already better based on my attitudinal (yes, attitudinal) choosing.

    Christopher Hopper · 31 Aug ’11 at 4:42 pm

    Oooo, I like that! Adding to my dictionary of awesomeness words. Positional + Attitude = ATTITUDINAL #perfect

mooney · 31 Aug ’11 at 2:57 pm

We need to switch kids for a day. Kaiden’s brilliant moment was “I need to squeeze my lemon.” (Pee) lol.

Great thoughts bro.

    Christopher Hopper · 31 Aug ’11 at 4:42 pm

    Oh my gosh.

    I’m laughing in my office.


Renna · 31 Aug ’11 at 3:46 pm

Yeah everyday needs to be looked at as a big day! Don’t be repetitive! That’s hard to do sometimes but even little things can make a day big!

Jennifer Hopper · 31 Aug ’11 at 5:03 pm

Beautiful post. Beautiful Girl.

wayne thomas batson · 31 Aug ’11 at 8:18 pm

Awww, what a tenderhearted moment from your daughter, and a really cool message. I wonder how often WE steal the potential grandeur God had planned for us on certain days? Do we believe God for BIG things or just please get me thru the day? I’m guilty too often of the latter.

    Christopher Hopper · 1 Sep ’11 at 7:21 pm

    As am I. Finding I’m rediscovering essential life-truths through watching my children grow (and challenge their old man simply by being).

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