Have you ever had a really bad day? Maybe you’ve been fired, totaled your car, and, just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, you were served divorce papers in the emergency room! Whatever your worst day was, no doubt someone had it even worse.
But wouldn’t it be good if today was the worst day of your life—if, from now on, things will only get better?
A good choice
You may not have the choice, but millions of people do. I think for example of a drug addict on Skid Row, eating out of dumpsters and getting high on gasoline fumes. This person once had a job, once had friends, once had health, but because of the drug habit, all those good things were lost. Life has been a steady deterioration.
But one day the addict says (this is one of the fortunate ones): “My life stinks, and all these drugs that I thought were helping me, are actually messing me up. I need to quit, and I need help, or else I’m gonna die.”
So the drug addict/alcoholic admits that he is an addict, and the worst day of his life turns into the best decision he’s made in 10 years. Although he will still have severe withdrawal pains and emotional struggles, his life will get better from this point forward.
Life doesn’t have to bottom out on Skid Row. Some people hit bottom at other levels—some while they still have jobs and families. But for each, they come to a point where they say, “My life stinks, and I am the one who messed it up, and I need help.” Life on alcohol or drugs just gets so bad that they are motivated enough to admit it and get help.
They say, This is the worst day of my life—tomorrow is going to be better because I am going to get help today. If I don’t quit drugs, tomorrow will be worse than today, but I don’t want that—I choose this day to be the worst day of my life.
Have you ever thought that it could be good to have the worst day of your life? For millions, it is. I wish even now that millions more would make the decision now that this is the worst day of their life. Of course, just saying the words doesn’t make the future better—it won’t work unless they admit their need for help, and get that help.
What about you?
If you have an addiction—to alcohol or pornography, for example—you can make the decision today. If you have a habit that enslaves you, life could get better for you—if you get help.
Admit that you can’t do it on your own. Seek the help of Jesus and the help of a mature Christian, who will show you grace and mercy. I can’t promise that life will always be smooth sailing and better every day, but your life will definitely be better in the hands of Jesus than in your own hands. Only he can take your guilt away—only he can make you clean. How bad will it get before you make the right choice?
But you have to make the decision: Is this the worst day of your life, or will you wait for it to get worse? It could be the best decision you’ve ever made. That’s something worth thinking about.