Today’s Reading: 1 Peter 1
Remember, Self, just because you’re feeling a certain way doesn’t mean you have the right to run amuck with those feelings. Yes, it certainly is easier to sulk in self-pity, to relish a sour attitude, or to fan the smoldering coals of resentment, but what good comes from wallowing in a mucky puddle of bad moods? Who really wants to smell and look piggish?
Enjoying a bad mood, while often understandable and always oh so tempting, is just another way of saying, “Nope, Lord. Not today. This is my time for me to worship my emotions and my circumstances. You can’t have it.” You are made of finer stuff than all that rampant, self-centered emotionalism. You are set apart – a holy, beloved, cherished child of the Most High, created to take your thoughts captive to make them obedient to Christ. Perception is not always — is often not — reality. What is reality? Who Abba Father says you are: His equipped, competent, and fully loved kid He adores.
The hardest part in all this is that the bad mood might persist with the fury of a raging three-year-old against even the boldest proclamation of truth, but you are equipped to take this hill. Don’t surrender, Self. Smile. Breathe deeply. Choose graciousness and kindness. Your mood will catch up…eventually.
“Therefore, get your minds ready for action, being self-disciplined, and set your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the desires of your former ignorance, but, as the One who called you is holy, you also are to be holy in all your conduct; for it is written, Be holy, because I am holy.” -1 Peter 1:13-16, HCSB