Today didn’t start off to good. Actually, it started out horrible. Ever had a day like that? I woke up late. I wasn’t as prepared for the day as I should have been. I spent almost two hours in rush hour traffic and arrived 40 minutes late to an important meeting with pastors in the Oakland area. Though I woke up to a warm sunny day, my soul was clouded. BUT THEN….
I arrived late to the breakfast meeting, but just in time to hear a godly woman, preach a sermon on, “A Liberating Imagination.” She used the Old Testament in such a powerful way to paint a picture of Kingdom Justice. Even though I was late, I still was able to enjoy a plate of fruit and eggs. I met a number of pastors and faith leaders who are making a difference in Oakland and beyond. I now prepare to spend the rest of the day praying, talking, and planning about our strategic focus area of Love Mercy, Do Justice within our mission region of the Evangelical Covenant Church. I still have the picture in my mind of leaving my house stressed, but my wife with a smile saying, “I love you.”
Sometimes, I judge the day by the morning. When my day doesn’t start off well, I get down and can be hard to be around. When I start out the day wrong, I tend to beat myself up, which can lead to my not treating others well. Today, I was blessed to experience Jesus in the midst of a day that started off not so good. But, whenever I try to start off a day in my own power that day starts off wrong. The sooner I connect with Jesus, the sooner the day gets right. This doesn’t mean the day is perfect with no struggles. It means I’m better equipped and empowered to navigate the day. Even a bad day with Jesus is a learning opportunity. Don’t judge your day by the morning, but by the Son.