by Cindi McMenamin @CindiMcMenamin
My friend, Holly, knows what it’s like to have one of those days you wish you could do over.
It started at 4:30 a.m., when she opened the door of her house to pick up the newspaper she thought was on the mat and…thunk! The newspaper delivery boy, unknowingly, chucked that newspaper through the early morning still-dark air and it pelted her right in the chest.
Nice aim, she thought, sarcastically. And she went inside and closed the door.
The rest of the day didn’t get much better. Fortunately for Holly, she kept her sense of humor and laughed about it with several women in her exercise class at the end of the day.
We all have days when we get pelted with something right in the chest. A stinging insult. An action by a co-worker or friend that leaves us shocked. Some news that causes us to stumble or double-over. Sometimes it’s from someone, unknowingly, chucking something through the air that happens to hit us. And other times it’s a direct hit from someone with a pretty good aim!
Whether it’s one incident after another that seems to be giving you a bad day or circumstances in which you are the one who is clearly messing up, there is a way to get through it.
God’s Word gives us simple instructions on how to handle the “bad days.” Psalm 118:24 says: “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it” (CSB).
Interesting that God’s Word doesn’t say: “This is the day the Lord accidentally let slip through the heavens; let us tolerate it and be done with it.” Rather, God’s Word specifically states that this day – even the one in which you get plunked right in the chest – is a day that He has made and therefore it is one worth rejoicing in.
I suppose God wants us to realize that even when uncomfortable or hurtful or downright disastrous things happen, it is still a day in which we live, breathe and exist. It’s still a day in which we can, like Holly, keep a sense of humor and laugh at the day’s events by sundown.
This is the day the Lord has made – for you to live it with Him and become the kind of woman He desires you to be. Rejoice in it, my friend. And see if it doesn’t change your outlook – and your day.
Thank You, Lord, for this day – regardless of what it brings or has already brought my way. I choose to celebrate it with a song in my heart simply because it is a gift from You.
About the author: Cindi McMenamin is an award-winning writer and national speaker who helps women strengthen their relationship with God and others. She is the author of 17 books including When Women Walk Alone (more than 120,000 copies sold), God’s Whispers to a Woman’s Heart, and Drama Free: Finding Peace When Emotions Overwhelm You. For more on her books and resources to strengthen your soul, marriage, and parenting, or for more information on her coaching services to help you write the book on your heart, see her website: www.StrengthForTheSoul.com.
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