My husband has started a dinnertime tradition at our house. Every evening Jeff will ask the kids, “Tell me one good thing about your day and one bad thing.” So the kids take turns telling us the highlight and lowlight of their day.
At first I tried to interject, “There doesn’t have to be a bad thing!” I explained to them that they weren’t obligated to try and think up something that was “bad.”
But my reservations ended up being unnecessary. Most of the time, the kids will just share their favorite part of the day, but every once in a while they will share about a disappointment too.
It has actually become a great way to engage with them about the things they are experiencing during the day at school or when playing with neighbors outside. This routine has become so customary, in fact, that the kids will even bring it up when we’re at a restaurant. We’ll be sitting in a booth at Apple Bee’s and one of the kids will say, “Hey, we haven’t done One Good Thing, One Bad Thing yet.”
In a simple way, my husband has been teaching our kids that no matter what happens, good or bad, we are here for them. We want to hear their stories and listen to their feelings.
I think God the Father wants us to do the same each day with Him too
He wants to hear our stories. He wants to listen. So God is continually inviting us to sit down and share with Him the stuff that happened during the day – both the good and the bad. And He wants to show us how sufficient His grace truly is.
I think this quote encapsulates the idea perfectly:
“Your worst days are never so bad
that you are beyond the reach of God’s grace.
And your best days are never so good
that you are beyond the need of God’s grace.”
– Jerry Bridges
At the end of each day, I can picture God saying, “It’s time for One Good Thing, One Bad Thing.” Of course, it doesn’t have to be limited to just one thing. But it’s a way to get started. And the best part is, no matter what it is, whether good or bad, big or small, He’s a big God; He can handle it.