Handbook for crappy days

What do you do when the day really sucks? Wouldn’t it be great if there was a handbook? Do you ever wake up and just have that sense of dread hanging over you? Do you ever just think, “I am over this day before it has even begun?”

I know this feeling, and whether or not people admit it, I know I’m not alone.

How do we combat it? Well, first of all, we have to recognize that it is the devil. The devil comes to steal our joy and our peace.

From there, it becomes an act of obedience, an act of our will. This is the hard part, this is the part for mature Christians, the part that’s even difficult for mature Christians. But the good news is, we have a helper. And we can ask for help. We are not alone. We have a teacher, and not just a teacher who is way up in front of the class, but like our own personal tutor right beside us, speaking right into our ears. IF we will ask him for help. He doesn’t help if he isn’t asked. The Bible says we have not because we ask not. I for one, am asking!

Lord, help!  I need help!

And after I’ve sent out the SOS, I thank Him. Psalm 34:1 says, “I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.”

I think it’s also important to recognize natural things that can affect our mood and disposition. I honestly have struggled since we changed our clocks back! When I look outside at 5 o’clock in the afternoon and it’s already dark, that just rubs me the wrong way.

And finally, help someone else. “Pray for one another that you may be healed.” (James 5:16) Nothing gets our eyes off ourselves like seeing someone else’s need.

And if you’ve tried all that, you might go ahead and run through Starbucks. This kind of day could definitely be helped by a pumpkin spice latte.