some days are great. some are greater. and some are really, really bad. we don't get to choose; that's just the way it is. it's not always in our power to have the kind of day we planned. but what we can choose is how we respond. too often lately, I find myself blaming the day for my yucky mood and upset feelings, when in reality, it's my own attitude that's unsettling up the water. what I really need is not a better day or a better life, but a better outlook. Psalm 13:5-6 reads "but I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, for he has been good to me." on those yucky days, that love doesn't stop. when I'm grumpy, His goodness doesn't run out. when I'm dissatisfied with my circumstances, my trust should only increase; and when I feel like crying out complaints, I should be bursting forth with praise. it's not up to me to decide what sort of life I do or don't deserve. His unfailing love has placed me where I am, and His timing and vision for my life are perfect. only when I dwell on this will my response turn from grouchy to grateful. it takes a perspective of my depravity to realize the power of His perfection. then can I embrace each day, regardless of it's outcome, as what it truly is: a gift from the Father and another chance to praise Him more through all I do.