What does it take to ruin a day? Maybe you woke up late, then all the red lights stopped you on your way to work, you did not get your coffee, and you forgot to brush your hair. As you walk into work and people ask how are you today all you can do is look at them with a blank stare and walk on. After all that happened to you in the morning, your day is ruined.
Too many times we let things that happen to us at the beginning of the day shape the way we look at the rest of the day we are given. Not only are we discouraged by things that happen to us on one single day but many times, if a tragic event happens to us, we let it poison the rest of our lives.
There is a true story of a man who woke up one day to find his world crumbling down. He had lost a child to fever and his business was going down the drain. He knew it was time for a family holiday so the tickets where bought and they were headed for London. He had sent his family ahead of him because he had to shore up some last minute things with his business. Waking up one morning, expecting to get a telegram telling him his family had made it safe, he receives one from his wife that read “saved alone.”
This man lost all of his children in a moment and was separated from his wife by a vast ocean. As he made the trip to his wife, going over the very ocean that had taken his dear children, he pins the words to the well-known song It Is Well with My Soul. We will let the teller at McDonalds ruin our morning because they got our order wrong while there are others who are going through so much more than us.
We as Christians should be the most joyous people on the face of the earth. The Son of God came down to earth (John 1:14), suffered so much for each and every one of us, was killed in one of the most gruesome ways imaginable, so that each and every one of us could have hope (Acts 2:23-26)! Let us not lose perspective in our daily lives but remember our hope and be filled with joy no matter what. If we are in Christ, we can be filled with peace and always say it is well with my soul!