Tomorrow is Another Day
Don’t Give Up When You Have a Bad Day
by J.M. Troppello
I confess that I never read Margaret Mitchell’s Civil War novel, Gone With the Wind. However, I did watch the movie. I also confess that I watched the 1994 six-hour TV miniseries, Scarlett (based on the 1991 book Scarlett by Alexandra Ripley), before I ever watched Gone With the Wind. I had thought that both the GWTW book and movie would be boring.
My husband loves old movies. He had watched GWTW before and convinced me to watch it with him. I was glad I did. It gave me more context to the plot that had occurred in the sequel, Scarlett.
Tomorrow is A New Day
One of my favorite inspirational quotes is the final words from Scarlett O’Hara at the end of GWTW. The determination in her words has motivated me when I’ve had a bad day and feel like nothing is going right.
“Tara. Home. I’ll go home, and I’ll think of some way to get him back. After all, tomorrow is another day.” – Scarlette O’Hara
Those days happen. Obstacles are going to come your way.
Yet, you can start over tomorrow. It’s okay to want a new beginning.
New Beginnings in Christ
In the NKJV of the Bible, the title for the passage of scripture that starts in verse 16 of II Corinthians chapter 4 is: Seeing the Invisible.
I love those three words.
They give such a simple, yet profound message.
God’s handiwork is sometimes visible, like the beautiful natural world. Yet, many times, His handiwork is invisible, like when the Holy Spirit gives you peace and comfort.
Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. (2 Cor. 4:16, NJV)
I love how verse 16 begins with encouraging Christians not to lose heart. Again, life is hard. Yet, God is always good. His peace definitely does surpass all understanding.
Looking at the full passage from II Cor. 4:16-18, you can get a more comprehensive view of what your focus should be on—eternity.
16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, 18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. (2 Cor. 4:16-18, NKJV)
I went next door this afternoon to visit my nieces after school. Ari showed me her Chromebook that the teacher gave, which is provided to all students in her class. My other niece, who is in a lower grade, also received one.
I asked my younger niece, “Did you also have a Chromebook last year at school?”
She turned to me and said with a serious tone, “Aunt Joanne, don’t you remember that I showed it to you?”
I smiled, then said, “Oh that’s right. I forgot. I guess I’m getting older, and my memory isn’t as good as it used to be.”
We all laughed. It was a fun moment. Yet, that speaks to the message of this passage from II Corinthians. Every day, our old man is dying. We’re one step closer to eternity.
Some may think that’s a morbid thought. However, the older I get, the more peace I have, knowing that my time here is not forever, but I will spend eternity with God in Heaven.
Now, I know that problems here on Earth don’t always feel light and momentary as referred to in verse 17. Yet, in the grand scheme of things, it’s nice to be reminded every now and then that I am a pilgrim in this world. I am only passing through.
My real home is in Heaven.
Life is short.
I want to cherish every moment.
I want to live life as joyfully as I can, even in the midst of trials.
I can only do that through the power and grace of the Holy Spirit, helping me to overcome all obstacles.
Hopefully, you can view life through the lens of eternity.
When you start to do that, your perspective definitely changes.
About the Author
J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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