The question I was attempting to answer was, “Summarize your personal life and ministry over the past three months. Share both ups and downs, positives and negatives.” How do you even start to try to answer a question like that? Part of my response was this, “I feel like these months have been somewhat months of reprieve for us." We didn't have a lot that absolutely had to be done, and we had a very hard end of 2017, struggling deeply on a personal level. So to have a few months with less pressing was very refreshing. In some ways we are still very much struggling, but in other ways we are very healthy again. God is taking such good care of us. Sometimes we struggle anyway.
The response is what has set me to pondering. My friend wrote back, "That is life to some degree till we get 'home.' I am grateful you have felt some refreshment.” So this is life till I get home? What a good reminder for me--I’m not home yet!
Since that little snippet of wisdom some months ago, I’ve been thinking about what defines a good day. So often I wish for “good days.” But if I’m just passing through this world, what really defines a good day? Colossians 3:2 tells me, "Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth" (NKJV). So shouldn’t I measure my days in that light, not in the light of what I can see physically?
What if I get home exhausted, tired because my relationships with the people around me take work? It seems to me that I’m having a bad day, because these things make me tired and don’t feel nice! But, if I set my mind on things above, maybe I’ll remember the great commandment, “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these” (Mark 12:30-31, NKJV). If I set my mind on things above, I remember my Lord’s command, and remember to be obedient! In that obedience a “bad” day can become good!
That is only one example, but what I have been realizing is that I need to define my days as good or bad not by how I feel about them, but through the lens of eternity and the truth of the Bible. If I have lived my day in obedience to God by the power of the Spirit, that is a good day. When I serve my family, when I love my wife by laying down my “rights” for her, when I pursue resolution amidst difficult relationships, when I make disciples of Jesus Christ, that is a good day. And if I end my day with a headache and feel discouraged, I can rest in peace, knowing that I had a good day.
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33, NKJV).
“But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness...” (2 Peter 3:10-11, NKJV).
Are you having a good day?
--Written by B.B.