Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble,
whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
You’ve heard the old saying, Sometimes I wake up grumpy, and sometimes I let him sleep.
Often, I’m the one who wakes up grumpy. Perhaps I didn’t get enough sleep the night before, or a child awakened me several times. Maybe the eggplant parmigiana I ate for supper did somersaults in my stomach, disturbing my rest and souring my disposition. Perhaps I’m still dwelling on a hurt or offense from the day before, allowing it to fester in my subconscious all night. Maybe there’s no good reason for why I wake up out of sorts and cranky.
What’s a person to do when they are the one who wakes up grumpy? Here are a few suggestions:
Choose to be swift to hear and slow to speak (James 1:19 NKJV).
When I’m grouchy, I tend to give my mouth carte blanche to say whatever comes to mind. Usually it’s complaining or critical, and I typically direct my comments at those closest to me. As soon as I recognize the stirrings of grumpiness, I ask the Lord to set a guard … over my mouth (Psalm 141:3 NKJV).
Put on praise music.
Although praise music seldom changes my circumstances, it directs my thoughts to God and His goodness. Once I get my eyes off myself and squarely focused on God, my mood often does a 180-degree turn. It’s hard to be grumpy when I’m singing about God’s love for me.
Capture every thought.
Second Corinthians 10:5 encourages us to take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. When I capture my thoughts and compare them to the truth of God’s Word, I often find they are false, deceptive, or destructive. Evaluating them in light of God’s Word helps me discard them and exchange their damaging power for God’s promises. If my thoughts tell me, no use praying about that situation—it’s hopeless, I take this thought captive and compare it to the truth of Scripture. Jeremiah knew that nothing was too hard for God (Jeremiah. 32:17). I correct my wrong thinking and am filled with hope instead of despair.
Adopt an attitude of gratitude.
On particularly bad days, or when circumstances seem overwhelming, I may find my thankful list is very short. Sometimes I’m so discouraged that I think nothing good is happening in my life. During these times my thankful list begins with intangibles: Lord, thank You for my salvation. Thank You that You gave us the Comforter, Your Holy Spirit, who lives inside me. Thank You, as my friend Kim Jackson says, Romans 8:28 is not a typo, but all things work together for good.
When I intentionally thank God for the good gifts that come from being his child, I find it almost impossible to maintain my sour disposition. Often I’ll speak my thanksgiving aloud. Hearing the long list of good gifts God has given me is usually just what I need to restore my joy. Remember that this world is not all there is. Some days the world is so yucky that it’s hard to see past it.
The apostle Paul—imprisoned, lonely, and spent for the gospel, penned these words: I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us (Romans 8:18).
Our time on earth is a vapor compared to a future that awaits us in eternity.
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Hungry for God…Starving for Time
by Lori Hatcher
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Lori is an author, blogger, and women’s ministry speaker. She shares an empty nest in Columbia, South Carolina, with her ministry and marriage partner, David, and best dog ever, Winston. She’s the editor of Reach Out, Columbia magazine, and has authored two devotional books. You’ll find her pondering the marvelous and the mundane on her blog, Hungry for God. . . Starving for Time . Connect with her on Facebook (Hungry for God), Twitter (@lorihatcher2) or by email (LoriAHatcher@gmail.com).