At the end of the day, I'm not you..., it’s still a good day

Do you ever talk to Satan? I do. I know it might sound crazy, but I do from time to time, especially when he starts nagging me about my past sins, my possible future failings due to my past sins, temptations...lies, lies, lies. Want to know what I say to him? I tell him, “At the end of the day, I’m not you, so, it’s still a good day!”

I was just reminded of this as our youngest son came home from school yesterday, disappointed about not getting a solo in his last school choir concert. Our precious son tried out for every solo available. We’re so proud of him! But to make this disappointment sting, he was taunted by another student who did get a solo. This made my son do something I’ve done and something I’m sure we’ve all and judge. Yep, Satan opened up his nasty bag of tricks and threw out an old, yet faithful distraction to get Christians off track: the old compare and judge, which leads to self-righteousness and self-pity, then down the crooked road of anger and resentment.

As our son shared this with us, our brilliant Father God gave me a wonderful encouragement to share with both our boys as we discussed this issue. I told him, “Next time something like this happens to you and someone is “rubbing your nose in it”, then tell them this, “Congratulations on ______. I’m upset I didn’t get __________, but at the end of the day, I still have Jesus, so it’s still a good day!”

Just remember, while Satan may be allowed to strip us of some temporal enjoyment here on earth, he can never take away the best you have...Jesus Christ and His gift of salvation! But our enemy can distract us enough to make us ineffective, so that while we may go to Heaven, we might not bring anyone along with us. Don’t let him do that! There's nothing more important than someone's eternal salvation.

Next time Satan pulls out his old (and I mean old) bag of tricks, just tell him, “At the end of the day, I’m not, it’s still a good day!” and MOVE ON!