A friend of mine often asks me how my day at work has been and it is becoming a bit of a personal joke between us that my reply is always, "Ah it's just been one of those days." The thing is at work my life always does seem to be one of those days. I stumble from disaster to disaster cleaning up after people, fixing their problems and helping them plan how to rebuild their lives.
Some days this really takes it out of me and others leave me feeling good due to a job well done. Today however was one of those days, and not for a good reason. There is one person who I have been working with as part of my job to try and get him off his substance abuse, into full time employment and help reconcile with his family. Not an easy task by any stretch of the imagination but one that we seemed to be working towards.
However the last week for whatever reasons he has slipped back in to old habits and begun to live the old lifestyle he once had. But this is something we are all susceptible to, something that it is all to easy for us to find ourselves doing. It may not be substance abuse or anything near as damaging but we all have times when we slip back into the old way of doing things, our old negative habits.
As Christians we have a covenant with God through His son Jesus. Jesus left us commands to follow and showed us how to live life by his example. There is a way we are supposed to live and we all try to follow it as best we can. However I am sure everyone else is likely to find things the way I do. No matter how hard I try, no matter how good my intentions are I often find myself in situations and doing things I shouldn't be. I find that I have begun to do things as I used to, things that were second nature but that I gave up due to their negative impact on my life.
However as I told my client this evening, tomorrow is another day, a fresh day, a new day. This means we can have a new start tomorrow, a new beginning from scratch. We can see the places we went wrong, we know what it is we need to fix, lets start from there and see how far we can get. As Christians we have one major advantage on our side, we have His help.
This blog is supposed to be, as much as I can, my daily journey through life as a Christian. I hope it to be my thoughts and feelings on life but be as grounded in the Christian message as it can. My intention is not to create a daily readings or bible study guide but to look at my life in terms of a Christian trying to find and follow God's mission using his Life User's Manuel AKA the Bible.