Can I make a confession? Yesterday was a tough day. Spilled drinks, accidents, wasted time, frustration, disappointment, and old enemies attacking again. It was disheartening. My grandmother said often when I was growing up, “I can’t win for losing.” Some day you just feel like this.
In these times, everything seems to go wrong instead of right. You can’t shake the feelings off - whether it’s fear, anger, or sadness. Bad days happened. I know. I know. I’ve been encouraging you with phrases like #GoodDayEveryDay and “No Bad Days.”
Am I a fraud?
So here’s the truth. Bad Days Happen. But Bad Days don’t have to define your life. They must not become your expectation.
Lamentations 3 reads, “22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; 23 they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (ESV)
The good news is that every day has a reset button. No, it can’t change what happened. But we have a choice NOT to allow what happened yesterday to control today. Even if YOU messed up. Even if you weren’t faithful and you blew it. Today is a new day.
2 Timothy 2:13 “Our faith may fail, his never wanes— That's who he is, he cannot change!” (International Standard Version)
His mercies are new every morning. Say that with me, “His mercies are new every morning!” Say it again and take a deep breath.
Today is the day the Lord has made let us be glad and rejoice in it! Forget yesterday and start over. Today is going to be a good day. Focus on good, no matter what! Don’t let the past determine today. Determine to be grateful today. Here’s your challenge:
List 3 things that you are going to be grateful for today. Next, set an alarm on your phone or watch three times today. When your alarm goes off, stop and give thanks for what you wrote down. Who knows? Maybe it will turn into a full blown praise break!
1. I am thankful for ______________________________________________________________
2. I am thankful for ______________________________________________________________
3. I am thankfu for ______________________________________________________________
If you are struggling coming up with three things, break it down into a what, a who, and a when. (WHAT) "I am thankful for my back yard where I can't sit and watch the stars at night) (WHO) “I am thankful for ________ and how they do ……” (WHEN) “I am thankful for that time when….”;
Lastly, I declare that the statement ‘you can’t win for losing’ is a lie. Therefore, I encourage you with this declaration over your life - “YOU CAN’T LOSE FOR WINNING.”