"Have A Good One"

     I haven’t lived everywhere but in the places I have lived I have noticed little catch phrases unique to that location. We had not been here long (though this was a long time ago!) when I noticed that when leaving a store the clerk would generally say, “Have a good one!” Of course we know that this is just an abbreviation of “Have good day!” with a North Alabama twist. It’s one of those good things about living around here, like the presence of Diet Sundrop.

     As I walked to the car from a store the other day I thought about what most folks consider “having a good day.” In other words, what is a good day? Before I started preaching I worked in the retail furniture business. The hours were long and where I worked we did a lot of display work and quite a bit of delivery. There were also management duties and working with bankers and such, more or less all the things that go with a small business. But in those days when someone asked me if I’d had a good day I answered in terms of how much furniture we’d sold that day. If we sold a lot, it was a good day; if we didn’t it wasn’t so good.

     So we can think about having a good day from a material point of view. We all have bills to pay so a good day/week/month, etc, is one in which we take care of our obligations in good order. But, as you know, there is another way to look at “having a good one.” How do we decide if we are having a good day spiritually? Let’s think about this.

     A good day spiritually starts and continues with prayer. We know that when Paul said “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17) he was encouraging us to stay in a prayerful mindset all the time. We know that God answers prayer because He has said He does (Matthew 7:7-11). Prayer is a manifestation of a Christian trusting God. We believe that God exists and that He rewards us when we seek Him (Hebrews 11:6). We are having a “good one” when we are praying.

     A good day spiritually always includes time spent in the Word of God. God’s Word is a blessing to those who stay in it (2 Timothy 2:15). The Bible is the revelation of the mind of God (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Read Psalm 119 and note the blessings enumerated there for the Bible student. If you find yourself feeling spiritually empty the solution is to fill up on God’s Word. Spending time with the Bible will bless you with a good day.

     A day can be made good spiritually by doing something for somebody else (James 1:27, etc). When we spend too much time within ourselves we are asking for trouble. Much of the pain and drama that is part of so many lives is brought on by self-absorption. We spend too much time on “me, myself, and I.” You will not have a good day if you spend it thinking about why your perceived “needs” are not being met. “What have you done for me lately?” is a selfish and debilitating question. The best way to overcome the sin of self-centeredness is to do something for someone else. Instead of worrying why someone has not called or come to see you, call or go see someone! Instead of fretting over something that is not being done “at church,” get up and go do it yourself. Then you will find you will have a good day.

     We can have a good day spiritually by taking the time to speak a word of faith to someone (Romans 10:17). The gospel is the power of God to save (Romans 1:16) but in order to its work it has to be connected to the people who need it. Christians are directed by God to do this work in Matthew 28:18-20, and Mark 16:15-16, passages we call the “Great Commission.” We all know that teaching the gospel benefits the one that hears. We need to remember that doing this work is a blessing to the worker. It will help us to have a good day.

     So, the next time you think that you are not having a good day, ask yourself what’s really going on. Could it be that by looking outward instead of dwelling on your self could lead to “having a good one?”