This week, I had a bad day.
It wasn’t a great day to have a bad day.
I had to get up early, get prepped and ready for an important job interview, meet the boyfriend for lunch, then dive straight into chores and more job searches.
Try as I might, I just couldn’t seem to get into a positive groove. I tried scripture –
Today is the day the Lord has made and I will rejoice in Him.
– but it was just an irritating staccato in my head. I drove to the interview and was early, so I tried finding scriptures on being grateful and positive.
None of them helped.
I sat in my car and prayed. I told God I was just in a funk – not really a bad mood, just not my usual cheery self. I asked for help in remembering the good stuff, then walked into the office.
I stumbled through the interview, then, on the drive to the restaurant, thought of things I should have said differently. Eventually, I shrugged it off and focused on good things.
A beautiful day.
Lunch with the boyfriend.
Being healthy for the first time in my life.
As I focused on the blessings, my funk slowly faded.
It’s so different from how I would have handled a bad day in my 20s. If I got up on the wrong side of the bed, my day was going to be bad.
And it always was.
That’s because I CHOSE to have a bad day.
I made decisions that would, inevitably, lead to extra work and frustration, so I could shake my head later and lament how I knew it was going to be a bad one.
My day this week wasn’t that bad in the grand scheme of things. And my attitude wasn’t that terrible, either. It was all in how I handled it.
No matter how I felt, I constantly strived to stay positive – to focus on the blessings and the hope that God gives me every day.
I didn’t let a little nagging funk to take over.
And you know what? I had a better day – eventually – because of it.
It is so easy to get caught up in the negative, and forget the blessings – especially the little ones that make our days so much brighter.
One way I found to focus on God’s goodness is a blessings journal. When I had a hard time focusing on anything good, I got a clean notebook and started writing down the good stuff. The first few days were really tough. They only had a few entries.
But as I went, I learned to pick out blessings in the oddest of places – and it helped boost my enthusiasm and energy.
How do you handle bad days? What are some scriptures that help you through them?0