*This post was written in real time, but I’m just now publishing it several months later. I think I personally need this reminder!!*
I woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning. Truth be told, I went to bed on the wrong side and then woke up ready to gripe about all the “injustices” in my life. So, out of habit, and without any sort of desire to change my heart, I sat down to do my quiet time.
Pity party mistake #1: Have a moment of quiet to spend with God.
This is such a bad idea when you want to start your day spewing venom.
The title of the day’s devotional content? Complain and Remain, Praise and Be Raised. I mean, really.
Then, here’s the kicker. This is where it gets really good. The main verse she references in her devotional is Ephesians 4:29. You know, the one that’s hanging up on a huge wooden sign in the middle of my living room. The one that essentially says not to spew venom but only speak words of life. Bah, humbug.
Begrudgingly, I agreed with Ms. Meyer and decided to recognize my complaining attitude as sin and I chose to praise God instead.
What freedom we find in Christ! The enemy has been defeated. We can choose to walk in freedom or let the enemy weasel his way into our lives. There is so much hope to be found when we recognize the work of the devil and call him out on it. There is so much joy to be found when we surrender our circumstances to the Lord and praise Him in every situation.
It was really hard to do this at the beginning of the day, but by the end of it I could see the hand of God working in my life. By choosing joy, I was able to encourage others instead of put a damper on their day. By choosing to focus my attention on the goodness of God, I managed to forget why I was so angry in the first place.
I’m expecting a long night tonight as the baby is working on some new teeth. But tonight, instead of complaining, I choose to praise the Name of the One who entrusted me with this precious child.
Tonight, I choose joy.
“Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NLT)