You know how some days are a little rough around the edges. Perhaps things didn’t go as planned? Maybe you’re running late to an appointment or someone else is running late to the meeting that you have with them? Maybe your flight was delayed and the next flight out is going to make it nearly impossible for you to make your connecting flight. Or perhaps you woke up and got dressed in the dark, grabbed two socks that you thought were the same color and when you get out in public, you realized you have a grey sock and a navy sock. Ouch!!
Well, my day hasn’t been like that. The last two days for that matter. It’s been a little more like, 530+ emails were sent out with the wrong attachment, the 600+ calls are waiting on YOU to finish fixing the email debacle, and then you deal with an additional 530+ calls that are confused about the email that was sent out that was wrong. OH, it gets better. Within 4 days, the van starts sputtering, the dryer breaks, the microwave blows up, and the toilet bolts at the house broke in the master bathroom. And that doesn’t even factor in school and parenting and other stuff.
Needless to say, it hasn’t been the smoothest several days. So all morning I was frustrated, snippy, and just really aggressive. I didn’t lash out at anyone, just wasn’t in a good mood. Then I get to my desk at work.
I have quite a few verses that are post-it noted to the two computer monitors as reminders and so I can be memorizing them. Here are some of the verses… maybe you can find comfort in these too.
“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11
“The LORD is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” Hebrews 13:6
“Let them praise the name of the LORD, for His name alone is exalted; his splendor is above the earth and the heavens.” Psalm 148:13
“His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by His own glory & goodness.” 2 Peter 1:3
And the one that really brought it all home for me…
“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as LORD, continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught; overflowing with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:6-7
How can I be overflowing with thankfulness if I am complaining about having to buy a new dryer…THAT GOD ALREADY PROVIDED THE MONEY TO BUY!!!! So things are crazy at work… Am I working as unto the LORD or as unto man? Hmmm….
If I am getting all cranky about what is going wrong, there is very little chance that I will be able to focus on the good that God is doing. And certainly no way to know if there is someone that God wants me to speak to when I have my head in the dirt like an ostrich.
So here is what I propose to do about it. STOP JABBERING!!!!! Take a minute! Thank God for the breath that you JUST took. Then thank you as He gives you another … and another… and another…
Yep. That’s the idea.
Now! Let’s join in with Heaven and “Praise the name of the LORD, for His name alone is exalted; His splendor is above the earth and the heavens.” Psalm 148:13