Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

You may not know the children’s book that bears that title, but it really doesn’t matter – it says it all.

I awoke this morning with high expectations for the day in spite of some important and possibly difficult meetings today.  I spent time in the Word and praying and climbed out of bed ready for the day.  Then it all hit: the shirt I rummaged to find and so carefully ironed turned out to have a big stain right on the front I never noticed before I so carefully ironed.  After again rummaging around for what seemed like an eternity, I finally found another one to my satisfaction.  Then the kids.

Is there a full moon out?  Have we been invaded by space aliens, cause my kids are psycho.  I mean, seriously.  Within minutes of dealing with them, I had to go into the bathroom to try a couple of different comb-overs to try and cover up the area where I had pulled my hair out.  Soon after, I came upstairs and had to tear the bathroom apart to find something Karen failed to tell me I was going to need to find for a friend…before she left the house to volunteer at Jacob’s school. Sigh.

Licking my wounds while coming up stairs to hibernate in my micro-office at home, I sat down at the computer, breathing heavily, and looked at the clock…

8:00 A.M.

Seriously?  All that happened before the day really even started?!

I am amazed at how good days go bad so quickly when circumstances are allowed to control me.  I awake with a great attitude only to be knocked in the side of the head by all the forces of evil who have other ideas.

What do I do?

I slow down.  I stop.  I breathe.  I pray.  I embrace grace.  I ask for forgiveness.  I move on.

Circumstances do not have to control me (or you).  I do not have to succumb to a bad start.  I can still have that good day, because greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world. [1 John 4:4]

I will rejoice and be glad in it.

How about you?