5 Choices You Can Make When Everything Is Going Wrong

Ever have one of those days?

You know those days, when everything goes wrong!

Who hasn’t had one of those days?

I had one the other day. It was the kind of day where I think I would have been better off just staying in bed. The kind of day that makes you wonder if you can do anything right.

Anyway, I was sitting there in the midst of my very bad day and jotted down a few choices I felt I had to shake this funk. So here’s my list. Hope it helps you on your very bad day.

1. Do something nice for someone else. While I’m not really sure that being selfless for selfish reasons is exactly Biblical, it sure does seem to work.

2.  Tell yourself, “Well, at least I ______________.”  At least, you went to the gym, or played with your kids, or walked the dog, or read your children a story, or recycled, or ended the day with a great dinner with friends, or saved the world from impending disaster. Okay, you probably didn’t do the latter but you get the point.

3. Go to bed early. I’ve said this before but sometimes the most spiritual thing you can do is get some sleep. I’m always amazed how a little extra sleep helps you have a whole new perspective the next morning.   Lamentations3:22 Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

4. Keep a proper perspective. Ask yourself: “Will this matter in a month? In a year?”

5.  Be grateful. Remind yourself that a lousy day isn’t a catastrophic day.  Probably, things could be worse. In fact, I believe most of it can and will be redeemed by God.

What tips do you have for us when you’re having one of “those” days?



10 Responses to “5 Choices You Can Make When Everything Is Going Wrong”

  1. DIANE1230 says:

    GREAT list!!! Saving this post for when I do have a bad day so I can remember the perspective!

  2. this is a great list. and keeping your perspective is always so important!

  3. Trey Meyer says:

    You have no idea how timely and encouraging this was for me. Thank you.

  4. Josh Collins says:

    So glad I’m not the only one who struggles with this kind of stuff! Thanks for always being so encouraging Pete!

  5. Valerie Smith says:

    I phone a friend, a funny friend. We are each other’s “go to” for when we are in a funk. Luckily we are never in one at the same time. From the minute either of us says hello, the other one knows their responsibility. And since one of my top 3 qualities (per my husband) is being a goofball it doesn’t take very long for either of us to tell a story that has us cracking up so loud co-workers are gathering around. We even have stories in reserve that we know are guaranteed to get a laugh out of the other person. Before you know it you are feeling better and able to tackle what is left in your day. “Hope” this helps!

  6. Jason williams says:

    Thank you for this article! The Lord definitely had you write it to help me this week

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