If you are old enough, you probably remember the old Michelob commercial that famously said, “Some days are better than others.” I think it is fairly reasonable to concur with that statement. Some days sure seem to be better than others. Pay day is better than the day before it. A vacation day at the beach is better than a twelve-hour day at work. Graduation day is better than the day a research paper is due. Of course, these kinds of days are all about your circumstances. We must learn how to live above our circumstances and to choose joy. So, how can you turn a bad day into a good day? I think the Bible gives us answers.
1. Remind yourself of what you believe.I think it starts there. What you believe affects your thinking and your actions. Your view of God affects everything you do. It certainly affects your attitude. I like to rehearse several faith statements each day at the beginning of my day. It helps me remain focused on my faith and remain positive. Hebrews 11:6 states, “Without faith it is impossible to please God.” Mark 9:23says, “Anything is possible if a person believes.” It is important to remind myself of what I believe so that when tough times come, I am able to combat the negative spirit that can easily overtake my mind.
2. Read the Bible regularly.The Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 12:1-2 that we must let God transform our minds and our way of thinking if we are to please him. The only way to transform your mind and shape it in the way God wants is for you to fill your mind with his word and meditate on it by reading the Bible and listening to sermons that explain the Bible. Romans 10:17 reminds us, “So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.” One of the best ways to fight against negativity is to combat it with truth from God’s Word.
3. Use the power of words.You and I need to learn that our words have power. Solomon wrote that there is life and death in the tongue. We speak life or we speak death. This is not the same as just being a positive person. Some people are hopelessly unrealistic in their outlook and never even come close to reality. We must commitment to remaining positive because you have developed the mental and spiritual toughness to believe God and his promises. Not all things are always positive, but the outcome can bring glory to God, so I will remain positive because I know God is in control. There is a tension here between two concepts in the Bible. One is that God is sovereign, and he controls everything (which he does). The second truth is that I must work hard and make wise choices (which I must). I will speak either faith or doubt, life or death, fear or confidence.
Mark 11:23-24 “I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, 'Go, fall into the sea.' And if you have no doubts in your mind and believe that what you say will happen, God will do it for you. So I tell you to believe that you have received the things you ask for in prayer, and God will give them to you.”
4. Surround yourself with the right people. If you surround yourself with negativity and negative people, you will be influenced by their negativity. On the other hand, surround yourself with positive people who love God and watch your attitude get better!
I hope that you will turn your bad days into good ones, cloudy days into sunny ones, and gloomy days into happy ones. Keep your eyes on Jesus and you will do it!