Friday, May 27, 2011

Better Days Ahead

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. -Ephesians 4:29

"This day can't possibly get any worse"...   Chances are, you've said this phrase before.  Speaking from personal experience, as soon as I say that... my day inevitably gets worse.  When dealing with a 'bad day' there are two choices: mumble and complain about it, or face it and stay positive in spite of it all.

The Bible says mumbling and complaining is a sin.  It shows a person has an ungrateful heart.  Even on our worst days, there are so many reasons we should be thankful. 

In Sunday school, my teacher would say, “What are you thankful for?”  She didn’t just ask us around Thanksgiving, but every Sunday.  Someone would say, “I’m thankful for my mommy!”  Someone else would shout, “My daddy! ”  Friends, a home, food to eat would usually follow.  She’d keep asking... “What else?  What else?”  Eventually there was silence.  She’d say, “You have arms and legs.  You have eyes to see, ears to hear.  Every breath you take is a blessing...

Depending on what we choose to focus on, that’s what is clear... all else is a blur.  Maybe that’s why bad days seem so overwhelmingly bad.  Choosing to focus on what’s going wrong will help us see what else is going wrong.  The opposite seems like a better option.  Instead of counting problems, count your blessings. 

No one was ever promised an easy life, but life in itself is a blessing.  Even if we don’t understand why we go through certain trials, we have to remember that God doesn't make mistakes... there is a purpose behind everything we experience.  I have faith in Him.  I trust He knows what He’s doing, even if I don't.

So, let me try this again... "Can this day possibly get any better?"  Here's to better days ahead!

1 comment:

  1. Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe. -Philippians 2:14-15


“Kind words can be short and easy to speak,
but their echoes are truly endless.”

~ Mother Teresa