I’ve had a couple bad days recently. And I don’t like them any better than you do.
But I’ve come to realize that having a bad day can be very useful. Through the experience of having many bad days (who hasn’t?), I’ve come to understand that there are many things to be learned. And some of those things really cannot be learned on a good day.
Here are some things you can learn from having a bad day:
- Tomorrow will still come. Regardless of how bad I feel right now, this is not the end. And there are plenty of reasons to believe that good things will happen tomorrow. At least THIS won’t happen the same way again.
- I’m human. My physical, emotional, and spiritual strength has limits. A bad day usually happens when I come up against one of those limits. It’s wise to be reminded that I am not God!
- I’m stronger than I think. Sometimes a sucker-punch kind of day throws me way back, but I can still get up again. It’s going to take something much much worse than this to stop me!
- Some people really do love me. You find out who your true friends are when you need help. And some of the people in your family DO care, and will stick around even when you’re down.
- I need downtime. Overwork, overstress, and over-everything can give me a negative perspective even when circumstances really aren’t that bad. Things will probably look quite different after a good sleep, or a walk in the park.
- Some things are more important than others. When I’m feeling down, it’s OK not to get the bathroom cleaned. But it IS still important to speak kindly to my husband.
- Doing the right thing will bring resistance. Jealous people, general inertia, and even the devil will oppose me even more when I’m moving in the direction that God wants me to.
- Adjustments are necessary. Sometimes God uses a bad day to help me see where a significant change in direction is needed. For that, I can be very grateful.
- Some things I cannot control. A bad day makes the Serenity Prayer even more important: “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, ….”
- God doesn’t have bad days. He is just the same regardless of how I feel. He’s big enough to handle my complaining, encourage me when I need it, and push me forward when I need that too.
You don’t have to enjoy a bad day. But by learning all you can from them, you’re likely to have less bad days in the future.
Your turn: What have you learned from having a bad day? Have you ever looked back and been grateful for what was a bad day? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.
P.S. You may also enjoy this post: 18 Things To Do When You Have A Bad Day
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