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On A Good Day

On A Good Day

08 June 2010

Today’s Reading: Ecclesiastes 7-9; Ephesians 4

Scripture:

On a good day, enjoy yourself; On a bad day, examine your conscience. God arranges for both kinds of days So that we won’t take anything for granted. (Ecclesiastes 7:14 MSG)

God arranges for Good Days and Bad Days. Life, even a good life, has its ups and downs. We need to learn how to make the best use of both kinds of days.

How each of us perceives the source of Good Days and Bad Days depends largely on our applied theology. Some of us see the ups and downs proceeding mostly from the consequences of our actions. Others see an element of chance and randomness in what happens in our lives. Some see our life situations influenced by a battle between God and Satan, Good and Evil. Others see literally everything as proceeding from the hand and action of God. In my reading of scripture and experience of life, I’ve got room for some of all of the above. The challenge for me is knowing which is which!

So wherever my Good Days and Bad Days originate, it’s part of my on-going education to learn how to live more in the present than in the past or future. I can’t really live in the past anyhow can I? Or the future? Living in the past – mostly regrets or longing for what once was. Living in the future – mostly anxiety or unrealistic expectations. It’s a real waste of time to let my mind go there and drag my emotions with it.

So on the Good Days God graciously gives me, I determine to simply enjoy the moment as fully as I can. And on a Bad Day, when things aren’t going well, I mustn’t try to escape to past or future. I mustn’t allow my thoughts to be consumed with past regrets or future anxieties. Instead, I can examine my conscience and actually deal with something that makes a difference. If I find sin I can repent and if I don’t, I can rejoice. Either way, it’s better than a downward spiral of depression or an attempt to escape present reality!

Prayer:

Father, I ask two things today. First, let me learn to live in the moment and fully enjoy the Good Days you arrange for me. Second, let me learn to use the Bad Days for constructive introspection – the kind that leads to growth and wisdom. Amen. PS: I prefer the Good Days!

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