The day started off great. I spent time with God. The first few hours of work were productive and efficient. A friend of mine took me out to lunch. The day was going so well…
After lunch, I drove 30 minutes to meet with an employee who got another job. I found out that she was saying ugly things, and I wanted to talk to her and see if there was anything I had missed. She had just told me the day before that she loved her job and loved working with us. She didn’t show up for the meeting, but she did text a few people to let them know how unhappy she was with me. Strike one.
After that, a project that I had been working on for months fell apart at the last minute because of someone else. They blamed me. Strike two.
By then, it was 5:30pm and time to come home and eat dinner because I had a live radio interview about Intentional Christian at 7:30pm.
I got home at 6, ate dinner and played basketball with the boys to try and clear my head before the interview. It didn’t work. I got into the interview, and, well, I don’t think I made a lot of sense. The first few questions I answered perfectly, but then the host of the program threw me a softball—an easy question with an easy answer. But did I give an easy answer? Nope! My mouth started talking, and my brain never caught up. You know it’s bad when you’re in the middle of answering a question and you don’t know what you just said or what you should say next. It’s even worse, when you have time—during your answer—to think to yourself, “What?! Where am I going with this?”
Strike three. I was out. The day crashed.
So why, on a day like that, did I write this blog instead of going to bed or drowning out the bad day with a movie or tv show? Because you and I, as Intentional Christians, are not called to sulk—even on a bad day. Instead, the will of God for our lives is this…
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
God has called us to rejoice always, even when we butcher an interview and there’s nothing to rejoice about. God has called us to be thankful in all circumstances, even when we work on a project and it falls apart at the last minute. I know this is tough. Trust me! The other night, I wanted nothing more than to watch a movie and drown out the frustration that comes with a horrible, no good, really bad day. But instead, I’m trying to teach myself to do what I’m supposed to do. So I wrote this post and attempted to end a bad day with rejoicing, prayer and thanksgiving. It didn’t make me feel better. I still went to bed disappointed. But sometimes obedience to God doesn’t come with dark chocolate peanut butter cups or peanut M&Ms. Sometimes Intentional Christianity looks like reluctant obedience–especially when we don’t feel like doing whatever God has called us to do!