“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. ‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘therefore I will hope in him.’” (Lamentations 3:22-24)
This past week, Misty, Davidson and I went to Tallahassee to visit with Misty’s mother. She has moved into a retirement living community. It’s a community of senior citizens who want companionship, while enjoying prepared meals, scheduled games, movies and get-togethers, and the comfort of not being alone as the years pass.
On Monday morning, I got up early and went to the lobby to read the morning paper. As I was reading, a lady by the name of Barbara walked by. (I know her name because most of the residents were name tags.) I told her to “have a good day.”. Fully expecting her to walk on by, I returned to reading my paper. But she didn’t walk by. Instead, she stopped and said “what other choice do I have? I can choose to have a good day or a bad day. I choose to have a good day. Every day I choose to have a good day. I hope you do the same. Have a good day!” With those words of wisdom, Barbara walked away to enjoy breakfast with her friends.
This conversation has stuck with me throughout this week. Barbara’s words ring true. We choose each day whether to have a “good day” or a “bad day”. No matter what comes our way, we choose how we will respond to it. If troubles arise, conflicts appear, and stress rears its ugly head, we still have a choice of how we will respond. Do we give in and respond with worry, fear and anger? Do we choose to have a day that we wish we could forget? Do we choose to have a day that we will eventually regret because of what we did or what we said?
Or do we choose a different path? Do we choose to face whatever comes with faith and trust, knowing that God will make all things good in the end? Do we hold onto joy and hope and praise Him in the storm in which we find ourselves? Do we choose to lay our head on our pillow at night thankful for the day we have experienced no matter what has come our way? Do we choose to live a day that we don’t regret or wish we could have over?
None of us are going to have “perfect days”. There are going to be days when our faith is shaky, we are rattled by life and we find ourselves tossed in the storm. But my prayer for you and for myself is that our good days far outnumber our bad days. That we strive to grow, mature and learn to live with Barbara’s attitude and perspective.
“I choose to have a good day. Every day I choose to have a good day. Have a good day!”