It was no sooner than I opened my eyes to start the day, that my feelings were hurt. My feelings were so hurt I ended up in tears, and the rest of my day was ruined.
I hate days like that.
It didn’t seem to matter who I talked to about my situation and hurt feelings, nor how much I prayed about it, my bad mood followed me around like a big brown cloud for the rest of the day.
In an attempt to justify my bad attitude, I scrolled through Pinterest. If Pinterest can teach me how to make 22 mouth watering crock pot meals, using nothing but fishing line, dryer lint, and a handful of gummy bears, surely it can help validate being a grump because my feelings were hurt.
That’s not what happened though.
With one little quote, Pinterest put me in my place, and I wasn’t expecting that.
The quote said “Was it a bad day, or was it a bad 5 minutes that you milked all day?” I’m not sure who’s quote that is, the pin didn’t say, but to me it didn’t really matter. It kicked me right in the bad attitude.
Later that same day I got on Facebook and saw that TobyMac posted the same thing! Seriously?! (Ok God, I get it!)
I had legitimate reasons to have my feelings hurt. The situation that was stinking up my day was a difficult one with no immediate solution or clear remedy, but I was the one who made the choice to sulk for the rest of the day. The big brown cloud of my bad day didn’t follow me around, I picked it up and brought it with me. I carried it for 23 hours and 55 minutes… no wonder it felt so heavy.
Instead of Pinterest giving me the go ahead for having an ugly attitude, it put me in my place.
It wasn’t a bad day, it was a bad moment that I milked for the entire day.
What a waste I made of that day.
“This is the day the LORD has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.”
Psalms 118:24 NKJV
I wasn’t rejoicing in the rest of the day that the Lord had given me. There was no gladness. I pouted. I sulked. I cried. I complained. I milked that bad moment, for the rest of the day.
“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”
Philippians 4:8 NKJV
I meditated on whatever hurt my feelings. I meditated on the ways I felt wronged. I meditated on the things that kept me upset and I wasted an entire day doing so. It wasn’t a bad day, it was a bad moment of a good day, a good day I wasted being in a bad mood.
Are you like me? Do you ever let bad things ruin good days? It’s so hard to set your mind on the pure and lovely things that God offers us sometimes. When things aren’t going our way, when we’re disappointed, sick, hurting, tired, lonely, broke, defeated, or any other thing that wants to bring us down, it’s difficult to fix our eyes on the cross. The cross wants to remind us that there are no bad days. There are bad moments in good days, but no bad days. It’s a matter of our perspective.
What perspective do you have today?
In His Love,