I work with several people. Everyone has different moods, at different times, mostly. There is one guy, Sam, and he, absolutely everyday, comes in whistling, cheerful, happy. Seems to have not a care in the world. Another guy, Mark, is the polar opposite. He comes in, complaining about something everyday. All day long he keeps it up, he complains nonstop. one thing after another. Some of the stuff is sort of reasonable to complain about, but the amount of complaining is always excessive. Other things, no one else seems concerned about, he has to complain about, trying to keep his bad mood bad, and at the same time, making everyone else’s mood as bad as his. Now, they don’t always work together, but when Sam and Mark are both there, watching the struggle is almost amusing. Sam, just doesn’t get phased, Mark will seem to do all he can to frustrate Sam. I have not yet seen it work. But, man, does Mark try. He doesn’t try to cause problems directly, but it is quite easy to see that he wants everyone in a bad mood. Creating turmoil seems to be the one thing that gives him any satisfaction. Sam, well, same aint about to let anybody steal his joy. He whistles, smiles, is polite, pleasant. Well, rarely does he get irritated, but in about 10 or 15 years working with this guy, I could count on one hand when it happened.
But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee. Psalms 5:11
Sam is an older gentleman, at least 10 years older than me. Retired military, life was not gentle when he was growing up or in the military. Despite health problems, family health problems, typical workplace problems, none of it gets to him. He chooses to be joyful.
And my soul shall be joyful in the LORD: it shall rejoice in his salvation. Psalms 35:9
O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Psalms 95:1
Mark, is in his 30’s, seems to be healthy, married, no kids, he and his wife both make very good money. Seems he has it made and has no reason to complain. Yet, he does, constantly. If nothing happens before work to make him upset, then he will complain about the parking lot, some of the exam rooms weren’t properly stocked the day before, the chairs were not in the right location. It doesn’t matter, he lives to complain. He chooses bitterness.
Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Exodus 20:3
Yet ye have forsaken me, and served other gods: wherefore I will deliver you no more. Judges 10:13
Now, a couple things impact their approaches. One, is that some people want to be happy, so look for reasons, others, well, they want to be unhappy and they also, look for reasons to be able to have that mood. Oh, and, Sam, he is a Christian. He has a GREAT reason to be cheerful. I have known that he was since I first met him. While Mark, well, I had worked with him for over a year, and only in the last month found out he is wiccan. Yeah, I pray for him. It seemed to be almost accidental that I found out, he and another of his group were talking and I overheard, as did Sam. Sam, being Sam, said something about were they talking about religion, and asked what church they went to in the area. Mark said he was wiccan and they don’t really go to a church. Sam, then said, “oh, well, then I can understand while you are never happy, I would be unhappy too, except I serve the true God and am saved by His Son.” Mark, just sort of stammered, then, when he saw me kinda smiling, he apparently tried to mock Sam by saying, “You don’t believe in that Jesus stuff too do you?”
WELL……he asked. SO, “Yes I do as a matter of fact. I was raised in church, drifted away from God but am back where I need to be.” I then asked, “didn’t I hear you and Sally talking the other day about how I seem so much different anymore? ” then told him that the change in me was because of Christ, and instead of being bitter and angry all the time like he is, I am in the right place spiritually and know that God has my back and will do all He can to keep anyone from stealing my joy.
AND……..nothing, no response, PERIOD, from him or his wiccan friend. Neither had an answer. Then, Sam had to do it, he said, “yeah, its the way it is, you serve a God of love, mercy, forgiveness and joy, and that is what comes from you. You serve trees and grass, then you really don’t have much to be happy about. So I sure understand your mood all the time. Do you want to hear about the God that can give you joy?” They just walked away. Sad to see, but there has been a seed planted. I helped, a little, but the credit really goes to Sam. I am not yet bold about witnessing, I’m not ashamed or embarrassed, but not yet bold.
So, part of the message is that we do serve a God of joy, love and peace. It is easy to not be angry and bitter serving Christ yet I see many Christians that seem to always have a chip on their shoulders a good portion of the time. No matter how good things are going, they are in a bad mood, looking for a reason to complain about something. And another part of the message is that not only God can help your mood, but one can also choose to find joy and to not let others still the joy. Having Christ and a better attitude about being and staying joyful sure makes it easy to be in a better mood, no matter what others are saying or doing.
Lord, I praise You and thank You for my many blessings. I thank You for bringing me out of the mindset of negativity, that You have given me cause to be joyful. I ask that You continue Your work in me, help me always see the silver lining in every cloud, that little bit of goodness in even the worst circumstances instead of that one tiny negative thing in an otherwise good situation. I ask that You continue to make me want to seek Christ first. I ask that those, like my coworker, that are involved in false religions hear Your truth and recognize that the false gods and the things their religion will provide them nothing but eternal damnation while through Christ they can have life eternal. Help me, and others, be the servants You desire to help people like them. I pray for unsaved family and loved ones that You use me to help them come to You.
I appreciate everyone’s time. Remember, your mood is a choice, Choose wisely. And be a blessing as you proceed through your day.