Today was one of those days when I woke up and all just seemed right with the world. I opened my eyes to see the sun breaking over the horizon with the dawn of a new day. I got myself out of bed and had a great breakfast with my family. I got myself dressed and headed out the door ready to face the day and make a difference for the Kingdom. Then I took that first step out the door and the world was waiting.
You ever have one of those days when not only is the monkey on your back but he is carrying a really big stick? Yep….today was one of those days. I walked in the door at work and the slide began. It seemed like a never-ending barrage of issues, problems, and complications.. I never seemed to be able to get my head around things. One of those days where it feels like your shoes are filled with bricks and you are walking on glue. Then the worst possible thing occured….I started to feel sorry for myself. You know the feeling .. woe is me. Why did I bother to get out of bed. I just jumped right on the pity train and rode it all the way to the station. I am ashamed to say that I rode that train for the rest of the day. I did not achieve much to the glory of the kingdom after that. I guess the one real positive is that I made it through the day…trudging and complaining all the way. I headed out the door and got in the car to make my way home.
However, God was not going to let me off that easy. As I settled in the car and started down the interstate…a verse jumped into my head. My favorite verse…”Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith developes perseverance. perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything” (James 1:2-4). Wow, talk about opening your eyes. I had wasted an entire day feeling sorry for myself instead of rejoicing at the opportunities I had been given. I was reminded that not every day will be filled with roses and rainbows. God never promised us an easy life…He promised that we would not go alone. That he would be there with us step by step. The Christian walk is not an easy one, but the rewards at the end are well worth the journey.
I pulled in the driveway and walked to the front door. As I opened the door an amazing thing happened. I was greeted by my beautiful wife and six amazing children. A wave of sound created by laughter and play greeted and enveloped me. All the trials of the day faded away and I was back among the blessings that God has given me. Nothing to do with career, progression, or making money. Home with those things that really matter…. You know, I think it is almost time for bed. I can’t wait to wake up and see what the day holds tomorrow….
“What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul” (Mark 8:36)