The difference between a good day and a bad day…

Wednesday Wisdom ๐Ÿ™‚


Inspiration this week comes from Paul’s letter to the Philippians 4: 12-13

“I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”


I always seem to have a “one liner” that I try to intentionally live by and share with others. Over time, the words shift and change but I hold onto the old ones even as I transition into the new ones. The girls laugh that I don’t need to keep a written list as they are all tucked safely in between our ears ๐Ÿ˜Š My mantra for the fall season this year is, “the difference between a good day and a bad day is your attitude”. My runners may not remember everything that I share with them, but they’ve got this one down. If I start the statement, they all chorus in to finish it for me. I believe it to be incredibly important. As we live in a world full of uncertainty, the one thing that we can control daily is our attitude.

There are a number of people who have come before me who get credit for the creation of this statement, and as I read through Paul’s epistles I see the message over and over again. We can control our attitude, how we approach each day, by making a choice to trust in the love of Jesus and being grateful for the joy that comes from that love. We live in a world of scarcity, but we worship a God of abundance. Love, hope, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, patience, perseverance, faithfulness, gentleness and self control – God makes those available to us daily, we simply need to choose to accept them. When my heart is soft and I pack my faith well, then I am filled with these gifts of the Spirit and able to see, experience, and share all of the rainbows that God places on my daily path.


Paul wrote the above words from Philippians while he was living in a jail cell. He couldn’t control his physical freedom, but he could control his attitude. He demonstrated how to be “full of joy in the Lord” regardless of circumstance. His secret weapon was Jesus’ love. On a day when he could not celebrate physical freedom, he could celebrate spiritual freedom and the ability to walk in love — not just any love, but Christ’s love. This love allowed him to speak of thankfulness, to find joy, and to focus on the rainbow instead of the storm. Paul could have been bitter, but he chose to walk in the joyous freedom of love.

It’s seems crazy, and yet it makes perfect sense. We can live in the world but not be of the world. We do this as we remember that God is the audience that matters and that His love is unconditional and omnipotent. We can choose the freedom to be found there, in an identity rooted in forgiveness and grace. When I draw strength from the big picture of God’s love, then I can find joys to celebrate and meaningful purpose amidst the hard things. My cup doesn’t run empty because I turn to Jesus to fill it. As my faith grows, I realize that it isn’t just full, it is running over. As it runs over, it blesses others and the cycle of love prevails. Even in the midst of hard times, that makes for a good day ๐Ÿ™‚

6 Comments

Filed under General, Wednesday Wisdom

6 responses to “The difference between a good day and a bad day…

  1. Pastor Becky

    Thanks, Anne! Ivy league educated – yes, but Christ fueled!

    • Hi Pastor Becky! My “Ivy League” world was eons ago…I think I’ve learned more in my 24 years on the farm than I learned in college, but that’s where I found my favorite farmer so it’s all good ๐Ÿ˜ŠAnd, yes – most definitely fueled by Christ!

      Praying for you and John and hoping that he is healing well. Enjoy the beautiful fall weather!

      Best,
      Anne

  2. whit mccall

    Does it take you a long time to write these or do the words just come as fast as you can type them?

    • Hi Whit,

      There’s a long answer and a short answer to your question๐Ÿ˜Š The short answer is that this post took me about 2 hours to write yesterday morning. I was “prayed up” and prepared so it wrote fairly quickly. The long answer is that I often think about the topics that I blog about for months before I write about them. The topics of my posts are things that I am intentionally working on in my own life, so I need to get them figured out before I can really write about them. The posts that take a really long time to sit down and write are the ones that I haven’t given my heart enough time to fully comprehend.

      I spent a good part of the summer studying the book of Philippians as my heart needed to be there. As a result, I ended up also leading a group of middle school and high school girls through the book in the month of July. Our small group from church is also going through Philippians right now so you can pretty much say that the Holy Spirit has placed this topic in front of me with regular occurrence recently. I have been very thankful that Jesus has placed this lesson so clearly in my heart and my mind as it allows me to provide good support for the kids that He brings into my life path.

      Thanks for reading and for asking ๐Ÿ˜Š Have a wonderful day!
      Best,
      Anne

  3. Stephanie Rush

    I often tell the troubled students I work with, “One bad choice doesn’t mean the whole day has to be bad.” I love reading your words, Anne.

    • Stephanie,

      Our community is truly blessed to have you loving our kids each day at school. Thank you for your heart and how you share it ๐Ÿ˜Š Progress not perfection — so important for us all to realize that one bad choice does not define us, it simply gives us a chance to realize our error and learn from it. Thank you for helping the students figure this out!!

      Take care,
      Anne

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s