Positivity, Change, Pivot, Flexibility. Those are words that have been thrown around a lot the past 18 months since COVID took over our lives. At work, that’s how they want us to act. At school, that’s how they want our children to be. Whenever we get to go out in the community or to the grocery store, that is how they want us to behave.
Unfortunately, it just seems like things are going from bad to worse every day. If we ever needed God, the time is NOW. In my circle of friends, I am the positive one. I am always making light of a situation, no matter how grim. It is my defense mechanism. My Spidey sense starts tingling in an uncomfortable situation or tense encounter, and I default to making jokes or pointing out the good in the situation.
So, when I watched the movie “Free Guy” and the main character said the phrase “Don’t have a good day, have a great day,” I realized that is how I had been living my whole life.
In this movie, there is a character called an NPC. For those who do not play video games, this is a character in the game that no one controls is called a ‘non-playable character.‘ These characters are there to make the game more realistic. So, a guy selling hot dogs at a stand, and in this movie, this character is a bank teller. After every transaction, he says this line “Don’t have a good day, have a great day!” He is nonconsequential but soon realizes there is more to his life than what he is doing and causes all kinds of chaos in the game.
‘Choose’ to have a good day
I feel that is how a lot of people think every day. They get up, go to work or school, go through the motions, and wait for the weekend to go through a cycle, and if nothing bad happens, then that is a good day. But, I believe that we were made for so much more.
Have you ever had something small happen that just ruined your day? You stepped in a puddle with socks on. You remembered you forgot your phone at home and your halfway to your destination. You dropped your plate of delicious tacos on the floor.
Did you really have a bad day, or did you milk the bad five minutes of your day and turned the whole day into a bad day?
Do we have control over our good days and bad days? Psalms 118:24 says,
“This is the day that Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
You can decide if that guy that cut you off in traffic will allow you to scream curse words and leave you in a foul mood. You can choose if that coworker that warmed up fish in the break room will cause you to snap at everyone in the afternoon meeting. We are allowed to have bad days; in fact, I guarantee they will happen. But that does not give us the right to take it out on others. God has given us the ability to turn those bad days into good ones and then turn those good days into great days.
Every day is a gift from God
What we must remember is that every day is a gift. As we have learned during this pandemic, life is very precious. When God gives us that day, how we choose to spend it is up to us. We can go on Facebook and rant about masks and vaccines, or we can do our best to make this a good day that God would say, “Well done my good and faithful servant.”
I always say if you can lay down at night and say “thank you, Jesus” for what you allowed me to do and not feel guilty, then you had a good day. There was a horror movie back in my childhood called “Candyman.” If you said his name in a mirror three times, he would appear and start killing people. I always thought he was a very reasonable killer. Just leave him alone, and he will leave you alone. Yet, people still found ways to summon him. That’s how it is in most of our lives. We do things that cause us to have a bad day and then we mope about it.
Here are ways to ensure you have a great day:
- Thank God constantly.
- Serve others. Do something for someone without expecting anything in return.
- Do something about your bad day instead of complaining about it.
- Offer a helping hand.
Here is the critical part, do it all again tomorrow, and then again, the next day. Simple things like this turn a bad day into a good day and then a good day into a great day.
Prescott Williamson is a Bible-believing Christian. He is a husband, a father, and someone who believes that there is a little humor to be found in whatever situation God sends your way. He was born in the small islands of the Bahamas but now lives in the Suburbs of Fort Worth Texas, which is basically the same thing. He enjoys TV, reading, blogging and serving in his church (especially on the days they serve donuts). You can see what I have been thinking about lately on my blog www.prescottascoolbreeze.com.