May 12


Every Spiritual Dwarf is a liar. Each of them denies some truth of God.

Hear Grumpy as he speaks his lies: “I am so angry! Who does she think she is? I am so tired of all the crud that keeps getting dumped on me! I am flippin’ done with having to pick up the slack for others! I never get a break! All these stupid people are making me crazy! Somebody’s about to get a verbal smack down! Arrgghh! All these stupid drivers! And my stupid, stupid computer! I just want to slap somebody!”

Grumpy denies the Kindness, Patience and Joy of God. Grumpy snarls and shouts inside our heads, stomps around in our brains and spills out of us in ugly, self-centered, cruel, defensive and destructive ways! Grumpy storms away, turns his back, stomps around, slams cupboards and car doors, punches walls, curses everything that gets in his way or doesn’t meet his specifications! Crossed arms, hateful expressions, clinched jaws, defensive-offensive posturing and those judgmental, death-stare-giving eyes are just a few of Grumpy’s special trademarks!Grumpy’s words are cruel and attacking. Grumpy’s silence is cold and hard. Both wield great power to inflict pain, guilt, shock and break the hearts of those around us – especially those closest to us.

God tells us His truth: As dearly loved children, God desires to pour His Kindness, Patience and Joy into us, and through us, to others. In Christ we are changed. God makes us new – right to the very core of our innermost being, right to our deepest emotions, thoughts, motivations and actions! God does all this through His love!

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievance you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts          Colossians 3:12-17

To be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness…In your anger do not sin…Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God…Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. – Ephesians 4: 23-24, 26, 29-32

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. – Galatians 5:22-23

God loves us and wants the very best for each of us. Killing the Spiritual Dwarf of Grumpy will set us free from the tyranny of being a tyrant! God desires to fill us and transform us with His kindness, patience and joy – all freely given to us so that we may freely give them to others!