Last Words | With Me | Bad Day Cure
If you feed the hungry and satisfy those in need, then your darkness will turn to the brightness of noon. Is. 58:10
Alexander is not the only one who has had a terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad day. In fact (we hate to tell you this, Alexander), those days become more frequent in adulthood. The problems get bigger, more complicated, and more expensive. Those terrible no-good days can stack up and become terrible no-good seasons. And, if we’re not careful, we can start to think of our entire existence as a terrible, no-good life. God understands how easily we feel overwhelmed so He wrote out a solution that can be summarized in five little words: Get your eyes off yourself.
Isaiah 58 even connects the dots for us, in case we’re slow learners. It lists specific actions we can take that help lift us out of depression. They are all ways that we can help people who are having a worse day than we are. Here is a partial list from God’s Guide to Goodness: “Free those who are wrongly imprisoned; lighten the burden of those who work for you. Let the oppressed go free, and remove the chains that bind people. Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help.” God knows that while we are immersing ourselves in the terrible, horrible no-good, very bad days of other people, we forget about our own.
Final Thought: God’s cure for our very bad moods: Get your eyes off yourself and help someone else.
Prayer: Father, I get really down sometimes. REALLY down. I start to feel like I have a terrible, no-good life. But you have me here for a purpose. Help me never lose sight of that. Open my eyes to ways I can bless others. In Jesus’ name, Amen.