Some days just start off wrong: the alarm didn’t go off; the milk for breakfast is sour and you can’t find your car keys. By the time you are out the door you have stood on the dog; fought with your spouse; screamed at your children and all you can think of is the mountain of work ahead of you.
Worst day for this to happen is Monday. Monday is the day for a “new start”, it’s the day to get your “act together” and it is the “first day” of the week. Monday determines the rest of the week and when Monday goes wrong, it seems as if the whole of life goes wrong.
Ever received one of those “Have a Good Day” messages when you are not having a good day?
How does one go about having a good day?
They say, as far as possible, start well: Have a good nights sleep, exercise regularly, drink water first thing in the morning, eat breakfast. Smiling also seems associated with a good day: we give off positive energy and seem approachable and friendly.
Personally, I don’t believe that these things have a significant impact on your day, other than starting positive. But I heard these three suggestions once, which I find make for a good day, most days:
1. Own it:
- We all have a finite time on this planet, a certain number of days that are planned for our lives. “Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. – Psalm 139:16
- Each day we are given is from the Lord, as explained in Psalm 118:24: “This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.”
- Those that live wisely keep track of days. Moses prayed: “So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” – Psalm 90:12
We are to be responsible for our days. We need to take possession of them and to remember that we have a finite number to our lives.
2. Order it:
Have a plan for the day, even if it is just a rough plan, but plan to achieve something. Having a sense of achievement each day goes a long way towards managing stress. People plan to different levels of detail, but the fool is one who does not plan.
“The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception.” – Proverbs 14:8
“Fools fold their hands and ruin themselves.” – Ecclesiastes 4:5
Have a plan for your day and execute it.
3. Occupy it:
To occupy something means:
- to fill completely time and space
- to dwell or reside in something completely
- to seize possession and maintain control over it
All of these describe an attitude to embrace when it comes to your day, more commonly understood as “living life to the fullest.” The most important thing to ask is: What in my day, causes “my cup to overflow”? (Psalm 23:5) which is God’s desire for my life. Jesus Himself said:
A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of. – John 10:10
The secret of a good day?
Own it. Order it. Occupy it. This makes a good day.
Many good days make a good week.
Good week . . . good month . . . good year . . . good life!
Here’s to a good life!