I had a bad day...
Yesterday, I woke up and I was immediately in a bad mood. I'd had kind of a crummy day the day before, so I attributed my bad mood and subsequent bad attitude to that. The mood stuck around all day, everything seemed to be against me. Everything I tried seemed doomed to failure. I wondered why I tried at all. Everyone I encountered seemed to be a life-force leech, always wanting something, and never giving anything back. I was seriously down in the dumps.
This is unusual for me. I'm usually a cheerful person. I don't get in a "mood" very often, and when I do, it is usually because something seriously bad has happened in my life. But yesterday, that just wasn't the case.
So, just to see what good advice the Bible would have for me, I went to look up the verse of the day in YouVersion (the iPhone Bible app I currently use), and it was Luke 6:35-38:
"35 But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.
36 Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.
37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:
38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again."
These verses - verses that spoke to me at the very moment I needed to read those very words - were the verses of the day. This brought a smile to my face as nothing else had through the whole day. God knows what we need before we even need it. I just needed a reminder to adjust my perspective.