by Erin Hollis
When I was a little girl, my dad often drove us to school. Looking back I think those 15 minutes in the car each day have become some of his favorite moments in life. He loved to sing loudly, scare us by abruptly screaming out at stop signs and wave to random people as we sped by. He also found embarrassing us in the carpool line a daily requirement (still does, for that matter…). Sunglasses with giant royal blue rims were his accessory of choice for the endeavor. He would wait until we were just about to unload and throw those hideously gigantic shades on his face to greet our friends. As our teachers and classmates would point and laugh I will never forget what he would say, “What kind of day are we going to have?!?!?” He would wait until we responded. Often times we declined. So he would scream, “GREAT DAY!!!” No matter what kind of mood I was in, that one daily dialogue always brought a smile to my face.
Recently, I needed my dad to remind me of the importance of frame of mind. The rain was coming down in thick sheets as we traveled down the road. I had already burned the waffles that morning, slipped and fell down the stairs to the garage and now my oldest daughter needed to go potty fifteen minutes away from our destination. I was ready to call it a day. Crawl back in bed and hide under the covers. As we crested a hill, I noticed a quaint little chapel nestled amongst some tall pines. At the edge of the parking lot was a sign that read:
Every day will not be great.
But there will be something GREAT about every day.
Wow. God shows up, doesn’t He? Right when we reach the brink of desperation, He’s there. Reaching a hand out to catch us from a fall.
I started to think about the message from the sign that day and my heart realized God was posturing me for an attitude adjustment. Just like my Dad had done for me everyday as a child. When we go through the motions each day it’s so easy to get worn down, beat up, exhausted. That’s completely understandable. We might even find ourselves leaning towards a “Negative Nelly” mentality at times. But if we take a moment each morning before our feet even hit the floor to say, “Today is going to be a great day. I have the gift of another day. Let’s do this.” we have already taken the first step to start our day on a positive note.
So often in life attitude is everything. Full disclosure: the fact that you woke up and continue to exist may be the only “great” parts of some days. Don’t let that discourage you. If we look at life through a positive lens (take for example giant royal blue rimmed sunglasses) we are destined to see the good in our reality rather than focusing on the bad.
“When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other.” Ecclesiastes 7:14