READINGOld Testament: Ezekiel 39:21-29
Psalms: Psalms 30, 32, 42, 43
New Testament: Philippians 4:10-20
Gospel: John 17:20-26
Evening Psalms: 42,43
DEVOTIONALI go through the day trying to be kind and behave as a Christian. But, sometimes there are challenges that I encounter where I don't act, think, or feel the way I believe I should. Like, when people cut me off in traffic or someone steals a parking spot that I was patiently waiting for. Or, when someone asks me to do something that will “only” take a few minutes, but ends up taking a lot longer and affecting my schedule for the remainder of the day! At such times, it is hard not to feel anger toward others. When such or similar situations happen, I don't tend to stay on the positive path of treating others with kindness. When I get to this place, I tend to have a short fuse, and I look at every situation from a negative perspective. These negative feelings then taint my disposition and behavior in interactions that follow. At the end of the day, I feel tired and deflated because it became an awful, draining day. My soul feels beaten and battered.
“LORD my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me.” (Psalm 30:2)
Psalm 30 makes me reflect on how I deal with such days. When I don't feel good on how my day went, I pray to God and ask Him to help me. Help me to learn from the mistakes I made that day. Help me learn to deal with challenges differently in the future. Help me to look at things in a positive light, giving everyone the benefit of the doubt. Help me to move on so that the following day will be a fresh start for me. I may feel bad in the evening, but God can help me heal so I won't go into the next day with the negative feelings from the previous day.
I go to bed knowing that everything will be okay…because tomorrow brings a fresh start…a new day where I can be a better me.