- Melinda K. Bowens
Keeping It Simple: Day-To-Day
I have some very good news and then some kinda bad news. So, the good news is, we can only take one day at a time. The bad news is, sometimes those days feel like an eternity…and we can’t fast forward through the icky parts.
In 2006, the movie “Click” was released. If this one slipped pass your radar or you simply forgot, no worries because we know I love a good recap. In “Click,” Adam Sandler plays a father who is given a remote that essentially controls time. He is able to rewind, pause, and fast forward to any point in life he desires. He uses his newly discovered power to play around and explore quite a bit. However, at a certain point he realizes that he can avoid all the hard or inconvenient sections of life with one “click” of his life remote. This works for a while, but he then begins to experience remorse for missing out of on so much time with his loved ones (even in the bad times).
Now, I’m not here to focus on the unorthodox teachings of Mr. Bobby Boucher himself (“The Waterboy” reference) but I do want to point out how this movie is hella similar to life. How many times have we caught ourselves wanting to rush pass all the uncomfortable moments to get to what we believe is better?? Literally all the time! I cannot think of one person or one instance where basking in hardship seemed like a more pleasant option. I don’t like to operate in absolutes, but I think it is pretty safe to say people prefer pleasant experiences to sucky experiences. If you or someone you know prefers for life to suck a little, that’s cool too. There’s an exception for every rule! We can all keep reading and learn something here.
As depicted in “Click,” it is our human nature to want to bypass the hard times. But also like the movie, we miss some really important life moments when we attempt to dodge these points. Considering that life is a combination of good times and bad times, we’re lacking quite a bit when we try to opt out of bad times. However, I don’t believe we try to avoid the hard things because they exist. I believe we try to avoid the hard things because they seem overwhelming when we don’t have all the answers to fix what’s wrong. And not feeling equipped to handle a problem placed in our hands can be disheartening.
But I know a secret (not really a secret) that may bring us a bit of relief…
We are not required to “fix” everything that comes our way in one moment. We are only responsible for this day. And more importantly, we were only given enough strength and grace for this day.
As much as we would like to be able to ward off all unpleasant feelings and experiences for the rest of life, it isn’t possible. Sunny days will happen, but so will rainy seasons. And I know this isn’t what we want to hear, but we need both sets of circumstances to bloom appropriately.
There will be good days. There will be bad days. Take each specific day as it comes.
Let's get to work!
1. Study Matthew 6:34
2. Write down Matthew 6:34
3. Memorize Matthew 6:34
For as heaven is higher than earth, so My ways are higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.
Isaiah 55:9 HCSB
So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
Matthew 6:34 NLT
Give us this day our daily bread.
Matthew 6:11 KJV
I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.
John 16:33 NLT