A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. (Proverbs 17:22)
We are all susceptible to the occasional bad day. The question is how we respond. Will we get over it quickly, or will it ruin our day, or even our week? God has called us to model a Christ-like life, and why would anyone desire Christ in their life if it is perceived to be miserable? Now, we cannot expect to live blissfully every minute of the day, but we should have the ability to respond to situations knowing the Spirit is our guide.
Barry Davret, in his article, “How to Recover From A Bad Day In 5 Minutes,” helps us get a better perspective. He reminds us that we choose how we will respond to our day. We still retain control of our responses, even when control of situations may be taken from us. Davret continues his argument by sharing a quote by Victor Frankl. “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms-to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” Our choices define us and our level of trust and faith.
Davret then calls us to remember “Life as an Aggregate Instead of Isolated Events.” One setback and then another and soon we are telling ourselves that “we are cursed.” These lies we tell ourselves block out the truth the Holy Spirit is trying to tell us. Davret calls us to look at life with “The Twenty-Five-Year Lens.” That is why life experience is important. We have the arc of life to look back on when considering any moment in time. When we recognize God’s support in previous moments, it helps us better understand how God will assist us in this moment in time.
When we can stop long enough to think through our present emotion, we can regain control of our lives. When we respond thoughtfully, we take back control of our emotions and our lives. Doing this thoughtful process not only improves our wellbeing, but also helps others see that the Holy Spirit can make a positive difference in our lives.