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From: Forthright Magazine <forthrightmag@...>
Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2007 16:17:33 -0500
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Straight to the Cross


COLUMN: Reality Check

This Is the Day
by Stan Mitchell

"This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice
and be glad in it" (Psalm 118:24).

You might remember the children's classic where
the little boy was having a "mean no good bad
terrible day." How do you know you're having a bad
day? Someone has given the following suggestions:

You know it's going to be a bad day when ...

- you wake up face-down on the pavement.
- you call suicide prevention, and they put you on hold.
- you see a "60 Minutes News Team" waiting in your office.
- your birthday cake collapses from the weight of
the candles.
- you turn on the news, and they're displaying
emergency routes out of your city.
- your twin sister forgets your birthday.
- you're following a group of Hell's Angels down
the freeway when suddenly your horn goes off, and
remains stuck.

Otherwise, it's been a pretty good day! A sense of
humor always helps to overcome life's little
irritations. But there is another thing that
helps, too.

Gratitude. Have any of the above things ever
happened to you? They haven't? Then perhaps things
aren't as bad as you thought!

There has never been a nation in history that was
so blessed as ours, and with this in mind our
ingratitude borders on the sinful. Do you think
there are some Bangladeshis who would think we
were crazy to complain about our lot? Do you think
there are some Ruwandans who would swap with us
for a day, if begged?

And one more thing. Aren't you glad you know the
one to whom we should be thankful?

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