Saturday, April 01, 2006

The Truest Thing About You

Say you woke up this morning to an irritating, buzzing alarm and rumbling thunder. You couldn’t find your lunch money, clean underwear, or the homework you almost finished last night. In fact, you really couldn’t find a reason not to go straight back to bed, but you forced yourself to go to school anyway.

Even before first period, some jerk (a gender-neutral term) slammed your clothes, your hair, or even your body. Trudging to class like your legs are made of lead, you know very well that this is going to be one of “those” days, when you feel like an outsider, a loser, even stupid and ugly. Harsh words, but you’ve probably thought them about yourself at times like this—the mother of all bad days.

You’re not alone. Maybe someone sitting next to you is struggling with dyslexia or is being bullied. Maybe one kid wears a hat to cover an ugly scar. Maybe another’s house burned down.

In fact, all of those unfortunate incidents happened to one person, Daniel Powter, the writer/singer of “Bad Day,” a song you hear everywhere, even on American Idol when contestants leave. Ironically, just two weeks before Powter shot the “Bad Day” video, his apartment burned down. Now that’s a bad day.

You’re also not alone because God walks with you through your bad day. He hears the nasty comment that person made; he feels the knot in your stomach. Jesus understands how much rejection hurts, so he is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. In fact, he thinks you’re great even when you can’t find one single thing to like about yourself.

Remember this: you can’t measure your worth or make important decisions based only on your feelings, whether they’re super high and intense, like falling in love, or whether they’re devastating, like being dumped. Emotions are good, but they don’t always reflect the truth about situations. You may feel like a failure, but that is not the truth; don’t you believe it! Having a rotten day doesn’t mean you’re a rotten person. Rotten days just happen!

What should you believe?

Someone said, “The truest thing about you is what God says about you.” Do you want to know what God thinks about you? Get out your Bible, and look up “love” in the concordance. God has written you a love letter! He wants to be the soft place for your heart to land when someone has kicked it up into the air like a rusty old can.

God is for you; he is on your side. Isaiah 43:1-3 says, “Don't be afraid. I have rescued you. I have called you by name; now you belong to me. When you cross deep rivers, I will be with you, and you won't drown. When you walk through fire, you won't be burned or scorched by the flames. I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, the God who saves you.”

God doesn’t say you’ll never have bad days, but he does promise to be there with you, holding your hand while you walk through them. You can come out on the other side of your tough times with your head held high, your heart in one piece, and hope for tomorrow, if you’ll lean on him.

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