We have all had that one bad day. That day where we don’t feel like getting out of bed, where we just feel like crying, or sometimes where we wonder if we are living the life we want to. Unfortunately for us college students, a bad day can turn into a bad week in a blink of an eye, we have so much more on our plates! We have school, extra circulars, and jobs to worry about. It seems that we can never catch a break! However, God tells us “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33). We can keep this in mind during “the bad day”.

As a college student, I always seem busy. So when I have a bad day, or a bad week, it is harder for me to enjoy myself because all I want to do is NOTHING! It’s not laziness, it is just the feeling of being beat and worn from whatever made this day turn bad. Trust me, I have been there. You are not alone.

God knows that we have rough days. What words of encouragement does he give us for times like this? He tells us “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6). God has a plan for our future, despite the overwhelming bumps in the road. It’s a bad day. Just one day. We can’t let that one bad moment effect what we are working towards, whether it be school, a job, or extra circulars. Sure, chaos happens sometimes but we are reminded “God is not a God of disorder but of peace” (1 Corinthians 14:33). Therefore, we can look to God because he is the one who will calm the storm.

Overall, when life gets complicated and unpleasant, we can remember the sacrifice Jesus made for us. He suffered in order for us to never suffer again when this life is over. He took the bad and gave us the good by taking our sins on himself. We get to be eternally happy with him in heaven. It’s just one bad day out of the many good days to come, and eternity with him. We have an underlying peace and joy in Christ  amidst the bad days because we have an eternity of amazing days to come.

This may not take away our bad days, but it certainly changes our perspective!

“The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand” (Psalm 37:23-24)

Contributed by Frankie