Sometimes it pays to actually take your own advice. Althought this past week will probably not go into the archives of my life as the absolutely worst day of my life, on a professional level it ranks very high on the list. Each day of this past week, I had my bosses working extra hard to set me up for failure. Quite seriously I was appalled at some of the stunts they pulled and some of the things they came up with to try to make my life absolutely miserable.
I came home each day completely stressed with my blood pressure beginning to skyrocket (literally – I went to the doctor Friday afternoon). But then today, God reminded me of something I had written in the devotional book, 10 Minutes to Better Living: Daily Applications From the Life of Christ.
As I looked into my own words, I could sense God asking me if I really believed all the things I wrote. If I did, then I had the tools in front of me to not only survive this terrible week, the next few weeks do not look any more promising, but to maybe even actually use it for my own growth.
I thought I would share those very thoughts from my devotional, 10 Minutes to Better Living: Daily Applications From the Life of Christ on this blog. It will cover two days worth of writing. Part two is also available on my blog.
How To Survive the Worst Day of Your Life (Part 1)
All His life, Jesus knew how it would end. He knew why He had come to earth and He knew the pain, both physically and spiritually, He would face during the final hours of His life. He would be betrayed by a friend, arrested under false accusations, beaten within moments of death, humiliated in front of the world, and die a very painful death. It was destined to easily be the worst day of His life.
We all will face the worst day in our lives sometime (or several times). It might be the death of a loved one, or the loss of someone or something. It might be the news of a terminal illness or any number of periods in our life where life just reaches us and smacks us in the face with devastating news. Those times are never easy to handle, but the good news is that Jesus sets the example of what we should do during those worst days of our lives in order to survive it. We will look at the first part of what Jesus did today.
- He faced it head on. When the soldiers came to arrest Him, Jesus admitted right away that He was the one they were looking for. He didn’t run from it or try to hide. He faced it straight on. When those worst times hit us, it never does any good to try to live in denial of what is happening. At best, it will just prolong the agony. Do what Jesus did. Face it. It is there. We cannot deny it or ignore it.
- Take control of the situation. When the soldiers began to arrest Jesus, Peter drew his sword and lopped off the ear of one of the soldiers. At that moment, a free for all could have broken out resulting in many deaths. But Jesus took control of the situation, turned Himself in, and miraculously put the ear back on the soldier. When we face the worst day of our life, either we should take control of the situation ourselves or in some cases, designate someone else to do it. For instance, if your worst day involves a death of a family member, then it would be appropriate to designate someone else to answer the door and take all phone calls or you. They can relay messages to you without you having to rehash everything over and over again.
- Lean on Jesus. In the hours immediately following His arrest, all of Jesus’ disciples fled. Even Peter very openly denied Him. Jesus no long had any friends around Him to comfort Him. He had no one but Himself. Usually when we are facing the worst day of our life, we do have friends and family to rely on. But at the same time, we need to lean on Jesus as He alone can empathize with us fully.
Making it Personal
Write briefly about a time that could classify as the worst day of your life. Write only as many details as you feel comfortable with.
Were you able to face it, take control of the situation as much as possible, and did you lean on Jesus to help give you strength?
Part 2 will be available Monday evening.