Then there are days that a bottomless carafe might not be enough to get my brain and body in gear. Those days are SO frustrating, because I really do want to have a good day, but I can feel a bad one beating its fists on the doorway of my day, trying to break through and take over. I have a feeling you may be able to relate to this predicament.
Recently I had just such a day. It was a challenge from the moment my feet hit the floor. I pushed through my morning routine hoping that it would remind my groggy brain to get with the program. When that didn’t work, I knew I was going to need some divine intervention if things were going to turn around.
My communication with God went something like this: “Lord, this is the only November 4, 2015 I am ever going to have. I don’t want it to be a loss…a bad day. I know I can’t get a do-over. Please help me! Speak your truth to my heart, help me to accept it and show me what to do with it.” God immediately impressed upon my heart in the most gentle and kind tone, “All you have to do today is receive and experience my love, and then share it with others.” Hmmm…now that sounds like a day I can do…I think that would make a good day!
I believe this lines right up with what Jesus said in Mathew 11:28-30: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” It’s so easy for us think of God as some sort of slave driver because we are so good at burying ourselves under mountains of stressful or overwhelming thoughts. If we will focus on this one truth, to receive, experience, and then give away God’s love, we will find that everything else will properly fall into place.
So that morning I decided to act upon what He told me, because hearing without doing is of no use at all. I asked myself, “What does receiving and experiencing God’s love look like?” That led me to the next question, “What has God done to show me His love…even just today?” Then I started naming the blessing He has poured into me and the world around me that show me His very personal love for me. Something started to happen inside my heart. It began to lighten, as I felt a surge of gratitude well up from deep within my soul. As I thought about going through the day seeking to recognize and experience God’s amazing love for me, and then looking for opportunities to share it, I began to feel excited about the day. Joy began to trickle through my veins, kickstarting my potentially bad day into the beginnings of a very good day.
As I now reflect back on that day, I can say with a smile on my face that it was not a loss! God lightened my load, refocused my mind, and changed my attitude. Our emotions trigger our actions, and our thoughts trigger our emotions. If you’re struggling to overcome “bad day” emotions, remember what your Savior says, “All you have to do is receive and experience My love, and then share it with others.” Don’t overthink it. Don’t make it harder than it is. Take the gift He offers you. Receive it. Embrace it. Cherish it. Step into it. Walk in it. Roll around in it. Stand on it, and then Share it!
“Thank you Lord for your gentle, loving care and concern for your children, and for answering our prayers when we cry out to you.”
Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”