Bad days are inevitable. They can start off that way or end up that way. And being a child of God doesn’t make us exempt. Yet it is a choice if we let a bad day rule our day. No matter how it comes about, a bad day not only affects you but it affects everyone YOU come in contact with. So, how can we overcome a bad day? I’m sharing 5 ways we can accomplish this.
1. Hold onto your JOY. Let nothing steal your joy especially a bad day. Instead, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18) Yes, rejoice and give thanks. A bad day has a purpose. “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds.” (James 1:2)
2. Pray and ask for prayer. Take your bad day to the Lord. We don’t need to try work through it in our own strength or wisdom. We need to “call upon [God] in the day of trouble; [he] will deliver [us], and [we] shall glorify [him]. (Psalm 50:15, brackets mine) Bad days beg us to seek out the Lord for peace and direction.
3. Read the promises in Scripture. Look up scripture promises that apply to your moment or situation. It is there you will find that what you’re enduring is not the end of the world. You will also find that God has not left you to it alone. “The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love.” (Zephaniah 3:17) You will also find wisdom to move beyond your bad day.
4. Change your perspective. Determine to start over where you are. Just because our day is going bad doesn’t mean it has to stay that way. Remember others are affected by our bad day, too. So, decide to change your perspective as soon as possible. “We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.” (2 Corinthians 4:8,9)
5. Take a personal time out and breathe. This one might not be as easy but step away. Take a bath, read a book, go for a walk, write a thankful list, or listen to uplifting music. Even take a nap if that will help. The point is to step back and reevaluate.
So there are some tools to help us cure our bad day. Bad days are a waste of time really. We could put our efforts towards things more productive. May we rejoice with David in saying, “This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24)
How do you overcome a bad day?