Richard Fipps of Wyoming had a bad day a few weeks ago. It started when he got his truck stuck in the mud. He told his dog to get into the back seat. The dog stepped on a loaded rifle, and the rifle shot the man. Fipps is okay, but that’s what I call having a very bad day. As you get your New Year started, remember this: in 2015, just like all the years before, there will be good days, and there will be bad days. Life is a curious mixture of ups and downs, highs and lows, peaks and valleys. There’s no avoiding a few bad days. But remember this: there are far more good days than bad. And remember, it is not your circumstances that determine your life. It is the attitude you take toward your circumstances that makes the difference. And you might want to remember this: pain is inevitable in life, but misery is optional. That is a choice. I hope you will make the decision today to take Jesus with you into this New Year. Invite Him into your life for all of your days. He has a way of making the good days even better and making the bad days bearable, even the days you feel like you’ve been shot by the dog.
– Dr. Tim Thompson