Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Empty Words

I had a bad day. Maybe not tragic or particularly horrible, but generally miserable. If you know me, it doesn't happen often. Even if I get worked up or upset over something I don't like or approve of, I'll rant for a bit then let it go. Most things don't make a lasting impact on my mood. I personally like to think that I'm pretty laid back, stress-free, and have an likable attitude. At least I hope so. If you think I'm the very opposite, please let me know.

So if I'm having a bad day, it's pretty miserable for me. The negative feelings will take up residence in my head and heart. So when someone tells me, "It'll be a better day tomorrow," I can't help but feel that those are just empty words. I know that they mean well, and are for the purpose of raising my spirits, but it never has that effect on me.

This time the words made me question the reasoning behind that kind of answer.

What guarantee can anyone give me that these words are true? Why will tomorrow be a better day? Just because I close my eyes for the day doesn't mean that whatever issues caused my bad day are gone along with the sun.

I'm not trying to be pessimistic; instead, I'm trying to reflect on why everything is said and done, to question whether it's all in the Spirit of Christ. Why is tomorrow a better day?

I'm willing to bet that 99.9% of the time, these words are said without much thought. Just a generic way to hopefully make someone feel better. Maybe it started with the assumption that because the sun rises anew, it's also a fresh start for us. Unfortunately, this new day happens in a fallen world, and this hope is a blind hope not based on anything at all. If one were to argue and say that it is based on the fact that the sun has risen and set without fail for as long as we can remember, all I can say is that I don't believe this world will last forever. It will eventually fade away, and the sun at some point will fail to do what it's done for so long.

But the hope I have is eternal. So even if my day tomorrow isn't necessarily better in the way we usually see it, as a child of God, I can say that tomorrow is a better day for different reasons. Because I'm one day closer to the second coming of Christ. Because He continues to work in me, and therefore I'm a little closer to knowing Him. Because He gives me breath, life, and a purpose for why I exist. Because I'm loved one day more when I don't deserve it at all.

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