Monday, June 18, 2007

Good Day


As I was driving into work this morning, a question came to my mind: "What makes for a good day?" When you get to the end of your day, what allows you to be able to say: "Today was a good day"? Is it that the day went smoothly? Is it that you had everything go the way you wanted? Is it that the day was problem free?
Often times for people, a good day is one that is short on problems, and long on solutions; it is a day where they were able to accomplish what they wanted. A good day is one where the struggles and frustrations were few.
But think about this: How many days are actually like this? I would wager to say that there are very few days like this. So the reality is that we live in a world where we deal with problems, and conflict, and struggles, and frustrations, and heartache. So how can we have a good day in the midst of all of this?
I think the answer lies in our interpretation of the word "good." We have to understand that we can have a "good" day even when things didn't go as planned. We can have a "good" day even when it didn't feel so good. And the reason for this is because of what the Bible tells us in Romans 8:28- "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." God can take even the worst of circumstances and find a way to bring good out of it.
So with this in mind, when we get to the end of the day, it can be a good day because God was with us in all things. It was a good day because we walked with God. It was a good day because we tried to do good through our lives, even in the midst of the bad. It was a good day because we are a child of God, loved by God, and we have God's peace and presence with us.
So I encourage you, when you get to the end of this day, don't make it all about you, make it about God. In this way, I hope that you can find that you have had a good day. Tell me what you think.

1 comment:

Mary Uht said...

When I look back at the best of the "good days" that I have had throughout my life, the one thing they all have in common is that they were spent, at least in part, with people who were uplifting. Whether I was with a group of people, or one or two others, or even reflection time alone with God, the "good" part of the day was the part that was invested in the relationships.

"The reality is that we live in a world where we deal with problems, and conflict, and struggles, and frustrations, and heartache." And many people (ok, ALL people) at one time or another ask the question, If God is so good, why does he allow suffering? This past weekend, I saw a clip from the movie "Shadowlands", where C.S. Lewis is giving a lecture. In this particular clip, he says, "I don't think God wants us to be happy. I think that God wants us to love, and to be loved." The most perfect way we can love and be loved is to be in relationship with God. Even in the midst of all the problems, struggles, conflict, etc. etc. we can still have a GOOD day, simply by allowing ourselves to be truly loved by Love Himself.