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02/22/2011

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Have You Awakened In A Bad Mood?


"For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. They have no struggles; their bodies are healthy and strong. They are free from the burdens common to man; they are not plagued by human ills" (Ps. 73: 2-4).

Do some days just start out bad? Have we awakened on the wrong side of the bed? Is it going to be "one of those days?" The barrage of questions will inevitably come from family or co-workers for us to do this or do that...Can't they read our minds? Don't they realize that we are having one of those days? So....Whether it is your bad mood day or someone else's, what can we do to keep it from straining or damaging relationships? I am not a psychologist, but I have read that retreating into one's self is the least effective way to deal with it. There must be a root cause. Someone asks us what is wrong and we will often tell them a lie..."Nothing's wrong." Maybe the apostle Paul has a bit of advice in the third chapter of Colossians. "Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self and put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its creator" (V 9-10). As much as we would like to blame our bad moods on others, the fact is, that we can choose our moods. I'm not saying that we need to spill our guts out to those around us, but retreating is not the answer either. The Psalmist in today's verses was having his own private "pity party" as he wrote those verses. Look at how well all those really wicked people around me are doing..."Poor me." If you have a bit of time today, read the rest of the chapter. Have you heard the term, "man up." I'll go you one better...."God up!" The Psalmist said; "When I tried to understand all this, it was oppressive to me till I entered the sanctuary of God!" (Vs 16-18) No matter how bad our day may seem to being going...."God up!" The unchanging truths are that God loves us, forgives us and will never leave us. Our bad mood days should disappear when we cling to these unchanging truths in the sanctuary of God.

With that said....Have a GREAT DAY! Go about doing good.... Love mark Phil. 4:1

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