This may be a news flash for some of you, but: Even believers in Jesus can be grumpy—really, really grumpy! And we believers can also act in such self-pitying-downer ways that even Eeyore would have a hard time hanging around us.
There will be times that the times we are going through and our interactions with others will make our choice to be—and stay—seething with anger or consumed with self-pity pretty darn easy…to the point that we begin to believe this is just how we are going to feel—and, therefore, act.
But we have a choice. A life-bringing, freeing, powerful and, yes, still challenging choice: We can choose to be joyful.
…yet I will rejoice in the LORD,
I will be joyful in God my Savior.
Even in the midst of difficult times and difficult relationships: We can choose to be joyful. Because our LORD is with us, our LORD loves us, our LORD saves us and our LORD empowers us to choose to be joyful in Him! And having that perspective will make any relationship better—at least the part that we’re responsible for!
So there’s the anecdote to our grumpy, self-pitying ways: the life-brnging, freeing, powerful and, yes, still challenging relationship advice from our Dear God.
Now, here are my (in)famous two questions:
- Do you believe it?…do you believe that this is God’s will for you in your relationships? And if you do…
- What are you going to do about it?
In love, peace and purposeful passion, Sylane