God’s Word for Today: Mood. Here’s a good one. What mood are you in at this exact moment? Are you reading this in the morning when your actual mood for the day is riding on the fence and could head in either direction? Or, is your mood already set because of some unforeseen event that happened somewhere between last night and today? Maybe, some part of your body is deciding for you what your mood will be. An ache, pain, or never ending suffering, that today is just a little overwhelming.
Whatever your mood is, it sets the course for the rest of your day. You could be reading this at the end of your day determining what kind of mood you will be in just prior to sleep or what will carry over into tomorrow.
Isn’t it fascinating how very much our mood effects what we can accomplish in a day. Bad mood, bad day. Good mood, good day. Ambitious mood, ambitious day. Lazy mood, well, chill on the couch and watch TV of course!! But really, our mood is a daily compass that tends to take us in whatever direction it is pointing.
The best part is, we do have control over our moods. It may not seem like it. When someone or something jumps right in the middle of your good mood, it is easy to be swayed into the less than favorable mood. Or, if you are part of Captain Positive’s team, you could be leaning strongly toward being in a bad mood, but you have found away to overcome the beast and finish the day in a good mood.
I remember when you could buy a tourist trap type ring that was supposed to change colors according to your mood. Simply put, it was sold as a Mood Ring. My fascination with these rings was to see if I could intentionally make it turn colors just by my thoughts. But alas, being color blind made it difficult to determine if my mood was black, green, dark blue, or purple. This in itself could have caused me to turn sour and in a bad mood. Or, it could make me laugh and realize how silly it was, to depend on a plastic piece of cheap nothing, to determine if I was having a good day or not.
1Peter 5:6-7. Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
The book of 1Peter has some pretty good stuff in it. I encourage you, if you are in a reading/learning type mood, take some time and study 1Peter. Some really down to earth applicable reading. Good things will fill your mind. Your mood direction will thank you for the time spent.
One thing you might consider, is how much influence your mood has on your day and everyone else around you. If you in the mood similar to a Star Wars Stormtrooper, then you may plow through your day and all the other people in your life. But, did you really do any good? Yes, maybe there were some immediate results, but you will discover they are very short lived. Throw a fit, stomp around, increase the volume of your tone, and things get done. When they are finally done, do you and the people you care about all feel great? Probably not. This is where anxiety and dread come to play. Nothing like coming to the realization that people are fearful of your next explosion.
Today, find the one thing that can determine a good mood for the day and keep it there. There is only one answer. There is only one true source for any good mood. It is not that first cup of coffee in the morning, although at times the coffee comes in a close second. No, it is starting your day with a little chat with God. You may be the King/Queen/Master of your domain, and think you have control. God asks that you step down off that pedestal for a bit, humble yourself, and lay your worries and cares at God’s feet. Trust me, do that every day, not just when you are in the mood. Every day, start out with some God one on one. Guaranteed, your mood will never be the same. It will always be better……………….
Prayer: Dearest God, director of my Life. Forgive me for the times I take off on my own tangent. I realize God, that I am not doing anyone, including myself, any favors by running my life to my own choice of mood. Today God, help me to humbly turn to you first. Guide me through the process of giving you my problems, my worries, my pain, and my anxiety. Thank you for caring for me Lord. With you by my side, I can increase my caring for others. In Jesus’, whose mood was always compassion and love, name I pray. Amen