Calling In Sick

I’m reminded of Psalm 118:24, “This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” It wasn’t necessarily the verse that came to mind earlier this morning, but it certainly came to mind as the day drew to a close. Mondays are always busy; it’s a debriefing and goal setting day. Weekly projects, writing assignments, and agendas are initiated on Monday.

I completed a couple of projects (feeling pretty good) before the kids left for school this morning. Typically, a few minutes after 8:00 am, I receive an email detailing who is out, late, or any other team member concern that affects the day. This morning, a couple of people were out due to sickness, one of those being my assistant. I felt bad she was sick and then moments later began perusing a mental checklist to determine which tasks would need to be re-negotiated. My to-do list just lengthened as I hoped this wasn’t simply the beginning of how this day would unfold. What I had thought to be a good start to the day was quickly fading.

As the day ticked along, one project after another was checked off the list. By early evening, a real sense of accomplishment was settling in. To my amazement, I was able to accomplish more than I’d thought. It was if my “between appointment time” had been guarded, with fewer interruptions enabling me to stay on task for the day. As I was packing up my stuff for the day, I had a thought – It’s been a good day and much has been accomplished. I felt good!

Then conviction took hold and I began to feel a little guilty. Was there anything different about this day other than I felt I’d accomplished more of my agenda? God still created the day and shouldn’t I rejoice regardless? So why was I willing to give praise on the day things went according to my plan and not recognize the fact that God still deserves praise on the days things don’t go according to my schedule? So, I came to this conclusion, God created this day and I WILL rejoice and be glad in it – even on the days that things don’t go according to the pre-set plan.

Oh, by the way, I really do hope that Donna is well and back in the office today!