Some days. Yeah, THOSE days. I had one recently. Someone at work didn’t do what they were supposed to and it left more for me to do. Traffic was awful getting home. The talking heads on my husband’s favorite news show were at Def Con 18 and it was getting on my.last.NERVE.
In your anger do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry. Ephesians 4:26 (NIV)
The Greek word for “angry” at the end of that verse literally means “exasperated” and it’s the only place in the New Testament where that particular Greek word is used.
How come that verse makes me even angrier when I’m in a funk? Maybe because at the end of a bad day, I just want to wallow in my exasperation and frustration.
But if we let frustration settle in our hearts, we are opening the door to his cousins … bitterness, pettiness and resentment. A bad day quickly becomes a bad attitude, a biting response or a broken relationship.
So how can you end an exasperating day on a good note and stop the slide towards all-out anger?
Don’t go to bed angry at yourself
Give yourself some grace.
If you messed up today, tomorrow you can make a better choice.
If you quit on something today, tomorrow you can start again.
If you lost control of your emotions today, tomorrow you can respond in love.
A bad day can be the beginning of something just as easily as it can be the end.
Don’t go to bed angry at God
He has not abandoned you.
He hasn’t given you more than you can handle.
He hasn’t left you to deal with this all on your own.
His promises are true on good days and bad days. It’s easy to claim them when everything is rosy, but on a bad day we must make a special effort to remember what He’s promised us.
Don’t go to bed angry at your circumstances
Have you read one of those blog posts about all the things you should do at night to make tomorrow a more productive day?
They make me laugh.
I’d have to start around lunchtime to get all those things done before bed.
If your to-do list is way longer than your got-done list, don’t give up on the day. Do one thing.
Just one thing that’s going to make tomorrow better. Just one thing that’s going to make tomorrow a little easier. Just one thing that you’ll remember tomorrow and be thankful that you don’t have to do.
And if you don’t know what that one thing is, might I suggest that you grab your Bible, your notebook and a pen and have them sitting out, ready for your morning quiet time? So often we let our time with God slide by because we don’t have the tools we need handy. So get them ready and go to bed, knowing that you’re going to start your day in a positive place with God.
Bad days are going to happen. It’s just part of life. But a bad day doesn’t have to become a bad week or a bad attitude. Don’t let the sun go down on your frustrations and you’ll start tomorrow on a better note.
Linking up with Lori Schumaker at #Moments of Hope, Holley Gerth at #CoffeeForYourHeart, Jaime Wiebel at #SittingAmongFriends, Alison at #100HappyDays, Susan Mead at #DanceWithJesus, Dawn Klinge at #GraceandTruth and Crystal Storms at #IntentionalTuesday