Having a Bad Day? #TraditionallySouthside

Are you having a bad day? My daughter, Jennifer, just reminded me of a story that I had heard years ago. It was about how Ronald Wayne sold his 10% stake in Apple back in 1976 for $800. Today, that would have been worth about $58 billion. Now, folks, that was a bad day. Of course, that is the typical result of my investing as well (not $58 billion worth). I warn everyone that if I buy a stock, you should sell it because it is going down. If I sell a stock, buy it because it’s going to go through the roof.

But I am not writing about my investment prowess this morning. I am writing about bad days. Have you ever had one? I know that I have. The thing is, we would all describe bad days differently. For some people, a bad day is getting up and not having any coffee. For others, a bad day is getting up and not having a house in which to make coffee. For some people, a bad day is waking up to a thunderstorm that is going to keep them from playing golf. For others, a bad day is having their car washed away by a flood. You see, it’s all relative, and speaking of relatives, some of them can be the cause of a bad day, but I digress once again.

Relativity – not Einstein’s theory but the abstract concept that our perceptions influence the way we feel about everything around us – makes it difficult for us to understand what other people are thinking and feeling about the circumstances they face. For example, some people are energized by a full “to do” list while others see the prospects of a busy day as a reason to pull the covers over their heads when the alarm clock goes off in the morning.

I can relate to that, can’t you? But I have discovered in my 53 years on this earth that the way to handle a bad day is to tackle it head on. Keep going. Don’t give up. You see, God never promised us that life would be easy. In fact, if you go back to Genesis 3, once sin came into the world, He made it clear that there were going to be lots of bad days. Every day was going to be hard as man was forced to fight for existence, and women would experience the pain of childbirth. And remember, this was the case even though God had promised deliverance and salvation. Fast forward 4000 years or so (I am a creationist, by the way), and salvation comes through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ for all who will believe in Him. What changed? Everything. And nothing. Everything changed because His sacrifice was once and for all. All we have to do to be forgiven our sins and receive eternal life is to accept His sacrifice for ourselves. And nothing has changed because life is still hard and full of bad days. But even that changed because now, those who believe in Jesus have the gift of the Holy Spirit and the promise that He is with us during the bad days. But the bad days still come. The apostles experienced them. The early church struggled with them. Throughout history, great Christian men and women have suffered and died for their faith.  In light of these truths, our bad days seem insignificant. But remember, it really is all about our perception. But remember, “this is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Life is worth celebrating even when your day is bad. At least that is my perspective.

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