Have you ever had a good day? I mean, you might even say “a great day,” and then right at the end of it, someone says something or even refuses to comment on something dear to your heart that just “bursts your bubble?” Don’t you hate it when that happens? It actually frustrates me because “I know better!” I should not let someone else have that “power” over me, but I guess it’s just part of being human. We can’t control the actions or words of others, but we can control the effect that we allow them to have over us.
I think of Job and how his friends and even his wife encouraged him to just curse God and die (Job 2:9). He was dealing with the loss of his flocks, his children, and even his health. Yet, he knew that he had not sinned against the Lord. I think of Nehemiah who was intent on rebuilding the walls around Jerusalem. He had enemies who kept coming after him, but he did not allow them to distract him from the job that he was determined to do. Great prophets such as Jeremiah, who was hated so much that he was literally thrown into pit where he sank into the mire, unable to eat or drink (Jeremiah 38:6). This was done to the man who said, “I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay” (Jeremiah 20:9). No matter what others said or did to him, he knew who he was and Whose he was.
So, tonight, I’m going to focus on all of the positive things that I accomplished today. I’m going to look forward to seeing all of the “smiling faces” at work and I’m going to make a difference in someone’s life tomorrow. How about you? Simply blessed, Courtney