What if this happens, what will I do? Does your mind ever play out possible future scenarios? Usually, at least for me, when I let my mind wonder about the future, it isn’t positive hypothetical scenarios. It is usually scary scenarios of “what if” this happens or that happens, how will “I,” get through it.
Have you ever heard the saying, well, “things are going great, I just wonder when the other shoe is going to drop”? Why are we like this? Why do most of us look around waiting for the “other shoe to drop” instead of enjoying today? Why are we caught up worrying about the future? Aren’t we supposed to walk in faith?
Jesus frequently gave it between the eyes to the religious leaders of his day. “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!” He called them blind guides and whitened sepulchers. Twice he entered the temple, turned over the tables of the official temple moneychangers and drove them out.
One could easily get the impression that Jesus was an angry man, and indeed at times he was. But I am going to invite a different take on Jesus and these passages from the gospels. Read them not from the viewpoint of his anger but from the perspective of his love.
“I’ll pay that person back the next time I get a chance.” Have you ever heard someone say something close to that phrase? Have you ever said it? Revenge for a wrong done to you at the time may seem sweet, but don’t be fooled; it is very bitter going down.
It is hard not to desire retaliation when someone has wronged you. It is hard to “let it go” and move on or “forgive and forget.” Even if the clichés are sometimes annoying, it is better for you, in the long run, to not react and lower yourself to the level of the one that hurt you.
Have you ever had one of those weeks that you are just plain grumpy? Well, if you haven’t, I applaud you. I can’t stand it when I’m in what my kids call, “the mood,” and I call “frumpy” (feeling grumpy). I just want to start over on those days or go back to bed because it seems that I can’t get anything right.
Well, the truth is, I need some medicine to help me. Not the kind you get a prescription for, but what the Bible calls good medicine, “a cheerful heart” (Prov 17:22). Even if I have to look hard for something to smile about, I need to do it. I need to show my children that my being in the “frumpy mood” doesn’t mean I have to stay there. It is possible to snap myself out of it, if I am willing. I need to give them an example of not letting your mood ruin your day.