The Mondays of life come.
Sometimes on Monday, sometimes the day after Valentine’s Day, sometimes just on random terrible, horrible, very bad, no good days.
Yes, we’d rather be happy. We’d rather smile, laugh, love, and serve, but there’s something weird that happens once we’re down: We kind of just want to stay down.
What do we do with those days?
Wait. Don’t answer. I have a pretty good idea already, because I did it all just a few days ago.
Snap. Criticize. Frown. Sigh. Yell. And watch the emersion of our ugly sinful natures with fascinated horror.
I’ll rephrase that.
What should we do with those days?
Remember three truths the enemy of our souls wants us to forget:
First, even though this is a bad day, it’s still a gift that can be redeemed.
Our circumstances, emotions, or hormones may have created the perfect storm. Our day might be truly awful. But there is always a bit of grace for the claiming.
Even the messiest of days can be redeemed when we humble ourselves and…
- Offer a heartfelt apology.
- Extend the gift of forgiveness.
- Ask God for a verse of encouragement.
- Remember the Lord is close to the broken.
Accept your brokenness and neediness as a gift — a gift that reminds you of your need for a Savior.
Secondly, remember that truth sets us free.
Our enemy is the father of lies. So don’t be surprised when a down day is filled with “revelations” like:
- No one loves me.
- I have nothing to offer.
- Nothing will ever change.
- I’m a complete failure.
Replace Satan’s lies with biblical truth:
- You are loved with an everlasting love. (Jeremiah 31:3)
- You are called and gifted by the Holy Spirit. (1 Corinthians 12)
- God’s mercies are new every morning. (Lamentations 3:23)
- You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. (Philippians 4:13)
Third, realize spiritual attack is evidence that you are a threat.
No, we can’t give Satan credit for every grumpy day or all our own negative thoughts, but you’d better believe he delights in watching/helping us create our little pits of doom.
Why? Because, if you are a follower of Christ, you’re a formidable threat to the enemy.
I know. That makes no sense when you’re fighting temptations, bemoaning your sinfulness, and wondering how God could possibly use a small, ordinary, floundering person like you.
But the truth is, you’re more than that.
The spiritual realm knows what you often forget — the same power that raised Christ from the dead lives in you (Ephesians 1:19-21). Romans 8 reminds us that you and I are more than conquerors, and if we are surrendered to Jesus, we can count on the fact that our lives will be used for His glory.
To sum things up, bad days are inevitable. Jesus wept, sorrowed, even anguished. In this world we will have trouble. We’re not going to feel happy, appreciated, and victorious all the time.
But the next time you’re tempted to wallow, remember.
You don’t belong in that pit.
You can be confident of this…
… that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.
*Have anything to add, friend?