Not long ago my daughter Kelsey got into the car with me for our ride to work. She slammed the door and dropped something on the floor. As she leaned forward to pick it up she dropped something else. “Arrgghhh” she moaned, “it’s starting out to be one of those days.” Just after 8 o’clock and already it was one of those days.
A little while after getting to work I needed to access some audio files that I had stored online. I went to the website and it was down. I hit refresh. Still no website. “Arrgghhh.” Now it appeared I was going to have one of those days.
We’ve all had them. They start off with something pretty small. And the weird thing is that the events and mishaps that normally make up “one of those days” usually stay on the small side. It’s just that they seem to pile up through the day. A “one of those days” day is an inconvenience, but rarely ever escalates to more than that.
I remember hearing the story of a man who had walked around the world. Upon completing this amazing feat he was asked what the most difficult part of his journey was. Was it crossing the mountains, the bitter cold of the North Pole, the searing heat of the deserts? “No,” he said, “it was those little pebbles that somehow managed to get inside my boots.”
Once we get past the minor irritants, shake the pebbles out of our shoes, stop dropping things and get our minds off of our own little situation, the day tends to get a good bit better. The trick is learning how to move our focus onto something more meaningful, more joyful.
The Lord knows of our propensity to dwell on things that do us little good. And He is ready to help us shift our attention. Paul writes in Philippians chapter 4 that “the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
How do we access that protection? Paul has that answer as well. “Whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.”