What if you could guarantee yourself a good day? Imagine starting the day without dread. What would it be like to go through a day successfully handling situations rather than trying to deal with stress? Think about how much would change if you could guarantee that today would be a good day.
Apparently, we are NOT dealing very well with our day!
Livescience.com reports that two sociologists from Cornell University analyzed 509 million tweets from 2.4 million users in 84 countries and found that our moods fluctuate throughout the day. They found that the happiest tweets of the day occur between 6 AM and 9 AM. After 9 AM our mood begins to decline steadily, and the most unhappy tweets of the day occur from 3 PM to 4 PM.
On a side note, the happiest time of the week to tweet is Saturday morning. The most unhappy time of the week for Twitter users is Thursday night. The happiest Twiter state? Hawaii!
From the data, it would appear that life is ruining our day! If not for work and school (unless you live in Hawaii), today would have been a very good day. But you live where you live. You’ve got to do what you do. You can’t do without it, but it’s hard waking up every day dreading it!
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I have discovered five guarantees that will make every day a good day. Now, none of these are guarantees that nothing bad will happen. But I have found these Biblical principles to be so freeing that even when bad things happen, it’s still a good day. Today will be a good day IF:
I don’t have to rely on others to make me happy.
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.Philippians 4:4-7
The first way to guarantee a good day is to answer the question, who is going to make me happy? When we go through the day depending on others to make us happy, we are placing on them an expectation they cannot possibly meet. That kind of unrealistic expectation is a source of anxiety. People aren’t perfect. People can bring a lot of meaning and purpose into our lives, but truth is, God didn’t put them on earth for the sole purpose of making you happy.
When I put God at the top of my list as my ultimate source of happiness, joy is always available (5 Places Joy is Always Available) and He never fails. God invites us, in fact, he commands us, to place the expectation of our joy and happiness in Him. Start your day with Him. If people add pleasure to your day count it a blessing. If they try to ruin your day, you don’t have to let them. You can pray for them. You can let your requests be made known to God. Let Him deal with them! Disobey anxiety and express thanksgiving. Today is going to be a good day!
I don’t need anything other than what I already have to make me happy.
Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.Philippians 4:11-13
How much is enough? Only you can answer that question. Truth is, you probably already have “enough” the problem is that you just want more. If we rely on “stuff” to make us happy, that is an approach that is not affordable, sustainable, or practical.
Contentment is a hard lesson to learn, but it is a secret to success that pays dividends. When you begin your day with satisfaction, anything else that may come your way falls into the category of blessing. If you don’t have to have it, you don’t need to keep it. You suddenly discover the joy of generosity. If you lose it, you can praise the Lord because your happiness didn’t depend on it. Be thankful that you had it for the time that you did. You’re going to lose things, but a loss doesn’t have to ruin your day. Learn to be content. Today is going to be a good day!
I don’t have to be perfect to be happy.
Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins.Ecclesiastes 7:20
So you’re not perfect. Yeah, we know!
I’m a driven person. I like for things to go well. Unfortunately, I am a big part of that equation and I do a lot of dumb things. I can be having a great day and in 15 seconds mess up the whole thing. When I get frustrated, I carry that frustration into everything else. I am the biggest threat to having a good day.
Forgive yourself. At some point, you and I have to realize that everyone else’s happiness does not depend on us. You and I aren’t God. You and I aren’t everyone else’s Holy Spirit. Last time I checked, God was doing just fine at being perfect. I think I would be way better off allowing God to be God and not behaving as if the whole world depends on me.
Be a perfectionist, but yourself a little grace. There’s nothing wrong with wanting it done right the first time, but having to “try it again” doesn’t have to ruin your day. Forgive yourself. Today is going to be a good day!
I don’t have to understand everything to make me happy.
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.Romans 8:28
Life isn’t fair and you probably don’t have it all figured out. Guess what. That’s OK. Truth is, we sometimes get what we don’t deserve. Sometimes you can’t fix it. There will be things that happen that you can’t change. Even still, that doesn’t have to be the end of a good day.
Notice that the verse doesn’t say everything is good. Bad things happen. The verse says that God works things together for good. How does He do it? I have no idea. And guess what, He doesn’t have to answer all of our questions or tell us why. If you read the Book of Job you will read the story of a guy who deserved an answer to “why?” But God didn’t answer Job. He only asked Job more questions.
God is God and I am not. He knows. I don’t have to understand it all. All I have to know is that He is good and He is working it for good. When I trust Him there is an overriding sense of joy that undergirds even the most difficult moments of our day. If I trust God, bad things can happen and it still be a good day.
Your good day doesn’t depend on others. You don’t need more to have a good day. Your good day doesn’t even depend on you (nor does anyone else’s good day). You don’t have to have it all figured out to have a good day. Embrace these four Biblical principles and I guarantee that today is going to be a good day.
I don’t have to sin to be happy.
choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.Hebrews 11:25
The Bible acknowledges the pleasure of sin. It is alluring, enticing, tempting. There is something in sin that makes us believe that God is holding out on pleasure.
Sin seems to offer us a very good day, but what sin does not show us is consequence. Before you indulge think of the guilt. Instead of giving in think of the pain your choice may bring to yourself or to others. Sin feels like a good day, but as the Bible teaches, the pleasure is fleeting.
The Bible seems to speak of a paradox as it compares the choice of suffering with God’s people than enjoying the fleeting pleasures of sin. Suffering is better? Of course. Self-denial is not easy, self-indulgence feels good, but picking up the pieces of brokenness leads only to getting sliced continuously on the shards of mistrust, deep hurt, lost time, and severed relationships.
Not having a guilty conscience is a much better day! Seeking the greater pleasure that God offers is a much better day! Sin looks great, but its pleasures are fleeting. If you sin, it may feel good, but you won’t be happy – at least not for long! Stay close and clean to the Lord. Today is going to be a good day!