Everyday, we choose the outcome of our day.
Our attitude and our outlook on our current situations are what make or break your day. I discovered recently that even if you’re busy at work, struggling internally, or you just don’t “feel” good, you can still choose joy. Sure, there’s a lot of situations that aren’t good, and yes, it can be hard to see an upside in such a negative situation, but we have a choice to make: choose to throw a pity party and be miserable, or choose joy and praise God, even though the circumstances don’t look good at the moment.
I will be completely honest and say that I struggle with my job. Working with patients is very frustrating (anyone that works in healthcare can tell you the same). Patients can be rude, obnoxious, and one things for sure, there is definitely not a shortage of sick, hurting people in this world. Everyday I walk into work and sit down at my desk, the calls seem endless. One right after the other listening to every pain and symptom and every complaint. On a good day, such as a Friday, I take about 130 calls. However, when Monday rolls around, I take anywhere between 200-300 calls a day myself. By the end of the day, I’m mentally exhausted and running as fast as I can for the door.
Yesterday morning, I started my morning out differently. I started my day out in prayer, and I started saying a quick prayer for each person before I would pick up the phone to answer their call. My attitude changed, and all the sudden, my day didn’t seem so stressful and overwhelming anymore. Sure, I still took about 300 calls, and sure I still had so much on my plate to deal with, but praying for each person and being as compassionate as I could possibly be made all the difference in my day.
Trust me, my flesh still wanted to get frustrated as patients would yell at me about things beyond my control, and of course my flesh wanted to get annoyed when I had to repeat the same thing thirty times to the same person. Yesterday, God, and the desire to please God overwhelmed the weakness of my flesh, and I am so grateful.
Praying for each person may have seemed like I added extra work to my plate, but to me, it made me feel refreshed. I went home bursting with energy and radiating joy. I just kept telling everyone about my wonderful day and how wonderful God is.
Sure, I’m going to slip up sometimes. Yes, it’s easier to get mad and give in to the circumstance, and I’m not always going to react perfectly, but one thing is for sure is that until God leads me to the calling he has for me, I will try to do everything I can to help others and do everything that I do for the Glory of God.
If a patient yells at me, I will try to place myself in their shoes and be as compassionate and understanding as I can be. If I have to explain something over and over again until the patient finally understands, I will be happy to do it for the glory of God. If a patient decides to talk about something for 20 minutes that doesn’t even concern me, I will gladly lend a listening ear.
In my life, I’m going to try to choose joy in every situation. Even when the situations you’re in aren’t the greatest, and you feel like there’s no end in sight, no matter what you’re thinking and feeling, you can still choose joy. Being angry, depressed, and complaining about everything only leaves you with emptiness and misery. If you choose to have faith even in the hardest of times, and choose joy, I promise your day will go so much better!
James 1:2-4(NIV) “Consider it all joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
Acts 5:40-42 (NIV) “Then they ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and they let them go. The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy enough of suffering disgrace for His name. Day after day, in the temples courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah.”
1 Corinthians 10:31(NIV) “So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”