A good story for bad days (Oct. 21, 2009)

[I]’m not sure why, but I have had an unusually long string of bad days lately.
I didn’t believe it was possible, but today I found out there is some truth to the old saying that no matter how bad things get, there’s always someone worse off than you.

I was almost certain I could easily disprove that statement using evidence from the past week alone, so I decided to ask a friend of mine what songs he would recommend to someone who was fairly sure they were on the way to breaking the record for the most bad days in a row.
He gave me quite a few songs, which helped a little, but something else happened while we were contemplating life via Facebook chat.
I was reminded no matter how long my seemingly endless streak of bad days drones on, I’ll never be as bad off as Job.
For those who may not know his story, Job is the man whose record I am unfortunately chasing, but fortunately will never come close to.
Job’s biography can be read in the book of the Bible that bears his name, but for time sake I’ll just hit the lowlights highlights.
Job was a very wealthy man.
Satan thought he could make Job curse God by causing horrible things to happen to him.
God let him try, and in one day…

Satan saw he couldn’t get to Job through his wealth, so he asked God to let him cause Job pain.
God let him try, and in one day…

This went on and on — for 42 chapters — but Job didn’t curse God, though he did eventually start asking Him some interesting questions, and got some even more interesting answers, but that’s another story.
The point is, Job had some rough days, and he got through them and came out of them in better shape than he was before.
So, I choose to look at my seemingly never-ending string of bad days as a chance to grow, and, when they are over, I’ll be better for having gone through them.
While I’m waiting for the string to stop stretching, I’ll just listen to those songs my friend recommended.
I think I’ll call them the Job mix.

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