So, You Are Having a Bad Hair Day
POEM: English novelist James Payne wrote:
I never had a piece of toast
Particularly long and wide
But fell upon the sanded floor,
And always on the buttered side.
INTRODUCTION: Have you ever had a day like that, a day when nothing you did seemed to turn out right? I think we have all days like that--many of them.
QUOTE: I like what J. I. Packer said, "We should not be upset when unexpected and upsetting and discouraging things happen. God in his wisdom means to make something of us which we have not yet attained and is dealing with us accordingly."
That's true, isn't it? We should not get so upset when unexpected things happen, and we should not get discouraged just because we have a bad day now and then. We should know that God in His wisdom will make something good happen out of every bad thing.
As we look at our message, let's consider three things:
I. THINGS ARE NEVER AS BAD AS THEY SEEM
If you are having a bad day today, try to remember what your worst day was last month. If we are honest, most of us would have to admit that we cannot remember our worst day last month, nor can we even remember what our worst day was last week:
QUOTE: Leith Anderson, in Leadership Magazine wrote, "Most things that discourage me are dwarfed by some new problem within seventy-two hours.
A. Making a big deal out of things
1. The trick of the devil is to take some small issue and turn it into something big. The reason he is so successful is that he plays with our emotions. Isn't it amazing how easy it is to begin the day with some little area out of whack, and then all of a sudden, we find things spiraling out of control?
a. If we would stop for a minute, count to ten, and remind ourselves that what we are frustrated about today will soon be forgotten, I think things would not look so bad.
B. Putting things in proper perspectiv ...
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