Don’t be a Grumpy Cat

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“Do everything without complaining or arguing so that you may become blameless and pure, children without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life.” Philippine 2:14

Ever wake up on the wrong side of the bed?  Ever have those days where everything just feels off…your kinda grumpy and anxious but not sure why? Well, that was me this morning. I can’t really put my finger on it and the uncertainty kinda frustrates me;  I woke up restless and then in the midst of cleaning up after getting the kids off to school, collecting snack wrappers from the crack in the couch, windexing toothpaste from the kid’s bathroom sink and scraping off food from the microwave ceiling, I was tempted to feel grumpy.  I’ve often been told that if you frown, your face will stay that way.  Think of Grumpy Cat.  (Ironically, she’s not even grumpy; she only appears grumpy and has a bad reputation is all.  :))

Tracy from Laced With Grace has some great insights about resisting grumpiness and choosing joy:

WHO am I reflecting?  How does the world see ME?  Is this the image I want to portray?  Or am I a shining light, reflecting Christ and the joy I have in Him to everyone I come in contact with?

WHAT is my source of joy?
My joy bubbles up from a relationship with Jesus Christ.
I only experience joy- true joy when I understand who I am in Christ, what He’s done for me and when I have an revelation of the hope and promises to come.

You see, people are watching us, ladies (and gents)!
What a testimony we are both to non-believers in our lives and strangers when we experience and exude JOY in all circumstances.
What if in the midst of trials and turbulent times the Church was a pillar of unshakeable JOY?  Joy could be our greatest witness tool when in the middle of difficult times what is unexplainable and unnatural to the world is supernatural– because it comes from Christ!

This is a hurting world turning to wordly things- drugs, sex, alcohol, money to ease their pain. People are settling for a feeling or an absence of feelings to get them through. When we, on the other hand, express peace and joy, no matter what the circumstances, people want to know what the source of our joy comes from.

“How can she be at such peace, with a genuine loving, gentle countenance about her and a sweet smile, when she is battling cancer?”

Or even more simply:
How can she be so friendly and gracious to the restaurant hostess who has just passed her name and let a bunch of people go ahead of her?
How can she be so patient and happy with the clerk after waiting in line at Target for 20 minutes?
How can she smile and wave at the person who just cut her off in traffic?

Again:  Do everything without complaining or arguing so that you may become blameless and pure, children without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life.

 

 

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