Sometimes I get into moods where I find myself grumbling a lot. During those times, it’s almost like the world is against me. Here I am, trying to do God’s work–trying to be a light in the world, and everybody and everything is working against me! I feel oppressed, attacked, aggravated, and… frankly, pretty far away from God. As I’ve grown in the Lord, I’ve slowly come to the realization that some of what causes these mood swings is physical. Not enough sleep, not working out enough, not eating right, etc. I’ve also discovered an even greater cause is often spiritual. Whenever I get to thinking I’m more important than I am, or when I haven’t spent enough time with the Lord, searching His Word and praying, THEN, I notice myself becoming a grouchy old middle-aged man! What an ugly site indeed… and what a disgrace to the God I’m supposed to be serving. If it’s hard for people to look at a pastor and not see Jesus in him, then that pastor is standing in the way of God’s work. And it’s not just pastors and priests either. The same is true for all who call themselves Christians.
“Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe” Phillippians 2:15