Let me ask you something. Imagine that you are on a police “line-up” with non-believers. Jesus comes to bail you out; will he be able to tell you apart from the world? I believe that anyone should be able to find a Christian by something as simple as a smile, and if it takes forty-three muscles to frown, but only seventeen to smile… I’ll take the smile! Sure, we may have some hard times, but hard times don’t have us. The Word says that we will experience hard times, but JESUS also said to be of good cheer, because “I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) So if He has overcome the world, then why does it seem like the world is overcoming us with “bad days”?
Are we having bad days because of our job? Or maybe where we live? Our spouse? Or could it be our church? Certainly not! We have bad days because we have the wrong perspective. A definition of perspective is: Judging and/or viewing things from a proper relationship. So your circumstance is not the issue. The issue comes from the “relationship” you are judging from. Are we judging from places of hurt, offense, bitterness, pride, jealousy, or un-forgiveness? Well if that’s the case, of course we’re going to have a bad day. Listen to what Jesus had to say:
“The eye is the lamp of the body. So if your eye is sound, your entire body will be full of light. But if your eye is unsound, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the very light in you [your conscience] is darkened, how dense is that darkness!”
— Matthew 6:22-23 (AMP)
In other words, what you focus on is what you will get. We are making too many rash and harmful decisions for our lives based on a (so called) hard-times-focused conscience, or we could say a darkened, misinformed perspective. Paul, who was what I like to call, the hard times author, had the right perspective. We’re probably all familiar with Paul’s famous words in Philippians, “I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me…” But did you know that while he was writing that very phrase, he was right in the middle of an extremely hard “circumstance”? He was in prison! So let’s back up a verse or two and get the full context of why Paul is saying this:
“Not that I am implying that I was in any personal want, for I have learned how to be content (satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or disquieted) in whatever state I am. I know how to be abased and live humbly in straitened circumstances, and I know also how to enjoy plenty and live in abundance. I have learned in any and all circumstances the secret of facing every situation, whether well-fed or going hungry, having a sufficiency and enough to spare or going without and being in want. I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency].”
— Philippians 4:11-13 (AMP)
So let’s put the Word of God back into its proper “relationship,” and then we get our new perspective: There is no such thing as a bad day. Yes, we may have some hard times. But hard times don’t have us! We have learned the secret of living. And we too, being heirs of the Father and joint-heirs with Jesus Christ, can “overcome the world!” So if you like your bad days, then go right ahead and ignore this, but as for me, I’m done with them! So who’s with me? CHARGE!!!