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Be Strong in Christ by Pastor Youngjae Jee

posted Nov 29, 2015, 1:11 PM by Bowmansville UMC

There is a high school girl from Brookline, New York whose poem initially written for a school assignment has gone viral after it was posted on a website. Her name is  Chanie Gorkin, and the title of the poem is “Worst Day Ever?”  The full text of the poem reads as follows.


“Worst Day Ever?”

by Chanie Gorkin 


Today was the absolute worst day ever

 And don't try to convince me that

 There's something good in every day

 Because, when you take a closer look,

 This world is a pretty evil place.

 Even if

 Some goodness does shine through once in a while

 Satisfaction and happiness don't last.

 And it's not true that

 It's all in the mind and heart


 True happiness can be attained

 Only if one's surroundings are good

 It's not true that good exists

 I'm sure you can agree that

 The reality


 My attitude

 It's all beyond my control

 And you'll never in a million years hear me say

 Today was a very good day


 Now read it from bottom to top, the other way,

 And see what I really feel about my day.


The message gives a whole new perspective when it is read upside down. Chanie actually said, in an interview, “I wanted to show how your day is really based on how you look at things.”  How is your day?  How has this year been for you?  How is the world in which you live?  These questions could be answered best if we first ask ourselves a deeper question, namely, “How do you see your day, your year, and the world?

Your day may be a worst day ever.  Your year may have been a worst year ever.  Your world may have been a worst place to live.  However, have you ever tried to look at it with a different perspective?  “The days are evil” (Ephesian 5:16) but are we going to be overwhelmed by that?  Never!  “Therefore put on the full armor of God,” (Ephesians 6:13) said Paul, “and do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 13:21)

John Wesley said, “Do all the good you can.  By all the means you can.  In all the ways you can.  In all the places you can.  At all the times you can.  To all the people you can.  As long as ever you can.”    Our days may not be the best and our world may be filled with full of evil power, but let us remember we are called to be a disciple of Jesus Christ to transform our days and the evil world.  The world is our mission field. 

In this season of thanksgiving and advent I pray that we see things differently.  See things in the eyes of Jesus Christ!  Then you may see hope.  You may see victory.  You may find reasons why we ought to be thankful and sing new songs to God even as we live in this troubled world.

”See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the LORD rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.” (Isaiah 60: 2 – 3)

Peace to you, my friends!  May you be filled with love with faith from God the father and the Lord Jesus Christ!  May God’s grace be with you always!  Amen.