When Grumpy Strikes

Do you ever have a day (or week...) when you are just plain grumpy? Every little thing gets to you, people are annoying, and you just feel “off”. Sometimes your bad mood comes from something specific, but what’s really infuriating for me is when there is seemingly no reason at all!

We can write off these times as hormone or chemical changes, being “overstressed”, and all sorts of other reasons, but so often, the reasoning is not something we can write off as a physical problem - it’s not something we can blame something else other than ourselves for.

I am just about as guilty as you can get of allowing these moods to take root. One day I’ll wake up, and for whatever reason, things just aren’t good enough for me. My husband is irritating; I’d rather be alone. Work is a problem; it’s not going my way. I don’t want to cook, I don’t want to clean, I just want to relax. The pattern here? There’s a whole lot of me in those thoughts. In fact, it’s all about me.

Galatians 2:20 says, “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.

When a believer accepts Christ and his beautiful gift of life, then he or she also accepts that the rest of life is to be spent consistently putting down their flesh and giving their desires to the Lord - not allowing their fleshly attitude to grow and fester.

This week, I encourage you to consciously take the time to seek joy in the Lord when this type of mood tries to crop up. A relationship with the Lord that is joyful and content takes discipline; it’s not just a feeling, and not feeling like working on it isn’t an excuse. ;) Philippians 4:4: “Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again - rejoice!

-Liz