a good day

“Now THAT was a good day.” When do you utter those words?

For me, it is a day when I crossed lots of things off my to-do list. Add to that a day with nice weather, well-behaved children, a clean home, a workout, a cup of coffee, and chocolate, and I would call it GREAT.

In general, I have discovered that my standard of a good day is if it (a) makes me feel happy (b) is easy (c) gets me closer to a goal or (d) all of the above.

I wonder sometimes if I am using the wrong standard of evaluation. What if I used Philippians 2:1-4?

If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make

my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.

Or maybe Romans 12:12-13?

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

If those verses are my standard of what a good day looks like, then…

  •  When I set aside my to-do list in order to help someone else, it is a good day.
  • When I invite someone into my somewhat messy home, elevating community over outward appearances, it is a good day.
  • When my children are throwing temper tantrums and I show them unconditional love, it is a good day.
  • When someone wrongs me, and I choose to forgive them, it is a good day.

I find hope when I use the words of the Bible as my standard of what a “good” day means. It still means the things listed at the top of this post are good. Because when those things happen, I am appreciating God’s blessings and who He made me to be. But it also means many other things are good as well- hard things that, in my own strength, I may have put in the "bad day" category.

It is hard to be patient with strong-willed children. It is hard to submit to a difficult boss. It is hard to get past something that has hurt us. It is hard to give up our agendas in order to follow through on something God has put on our hearts.

These things are hard. They make for hard days. However, an easy day and a good day are not necessarily the same thing. If easy is our standard of good, then our standard is too low. We are eternal beings created by a good God for a good purpose. Our days are gifts from that good God. Sometimes they are a gift for our present, and sometimes they are a gift for our future. When we can let go of our own agendas, and appreciate that truth, we can go to bed more often uttering the words,

 “Now THAT was a good day.”