This past weekend I posted the first in a two part series entitled “How to Survive the Worst Day of Your Life.” It was part of the devotional book I wrote 10 Minutes To Better Living: Daily Applications From the Life of Christ. I decided to post it after suffering through one of my worst professional weeks of my life. For me personally, the situation has not improved. However, my take on it has as I have begun working through the very steps I had written about much earlier in the devotional.
Since Part 1 was posted this weekend, I know of a few people who are suffering through one of those worst days times. My sister-in-law lost her mother yesterday and one of my former basketball players lost her grandfather today. You never know when one of those worst days will strike.
As promised, here is part 2 from that devotional. If you have not yet read part one, scroll down and read it first.
How To Survive the Worst Day of Your Life (Part 2)
Yesterday we began looking at how to survive the worst day of your life by looking at how Jesus went through the hours leading up to His death. We saw that Jesus did not shy away from it, but faced it head on. He took control of the situation and he leaned on God for strength. Today we will finish looking at the way Jesus handled Himself in those final hours.
As the hours drew on, Jesus’ day continued to get worse. But He did not sulk or back down from what was happening. Let’s look at a few more things Jesus did to survive the worst day of His life.
Endure it. We are told in Hebrews 12:2 that because He knew the end of the story, the joy that awaited Him, Jesus endured the worst day of His life. When we face the worst day of our life, we will endure it. If that worst day culminates in our death, then we have the joy of Heaven to look forward to. Stay faithful and endure the pain until we see Jesus face to face. If that worst day involves a great loss, then rest in the fact that one day it will be over. The pain from the loss will subside and life will continue. It might seem like the end of your world at the moment, but if you endure through it, there will one day be smiles again.
Finish it. The worst day of Jesus’ life ended in His death. His terrible day finally came to an end. There is a bit of comfort in the knowledge that when we face those worst days, there is an end to it. It may be in death or it may be something less permanent. But it does end. These feelings of grief and loss will not last forever.
Use it. Assuming our worst day does not end with us stepping through the gates of Heaven (which would automatically make it our best day), then God wants us to use the pain we felt going through the worst time of our life to help others as they go through similar circumstances. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 tells us that God comforts us so that we can comfort others. Once we have worked through our grief (which may take a few years), we need to take what we learned from going through it to help comfort and counsel other people.
Making it Personal
Looking back at what you experienced going through one of those worst days of your life, what ways do you think that you might be able to use what you went through to help someone else going through something similar. Write down all the ways you might be able to help them.