How to Reset after a Brutally Bad Day
Jim got through Monday with flying colors. No disagreement with his wife, no major problems at work, no drama when he got home. For a Monday, it was a pretty good day.
But on Tuesday the wheels came off. And it caught him off guard. Right from the start, it was one setback after another for Jim. At his last count, there were six different “situations” that had blown up in front of him, and it was only noon.
It felt like a Monday on Tuesday.
This happens, even to the best of us. On those long days when if feels like a Monday even when it isn’t, here are three things to help you reset:
1. Take heart in this promise from the Bible:
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23
No matter how badly a day goes, God’s mercies will be new tomorrow. When the sun comes up, you can start fresh.
2. If you collided with someone in your orbit, follow up with them. Maybe an apology is in order, or maybe just a “Boy that was a rough day, thanks for hanging in there with me” will take care of it. Either way, double-back to make sure your relationships are intact.
3. Put yourself to bed asap. The people who study these things say most of us get inadequate amounts of sleep. Just as “Fatigue makes cowards of us all,” so a good night’s rest can renew the warrior in you. Even Jesus was an advocate for the importance of rest (Mark 6:31).
Bad days happen. But by the grace and mercy of God, we can bounce back tomorrow.
It’s a new day with God. Run with it.