Plan to be Opposite

Ok everyone . .  .UP UP UP everybody up! Rise and shine! Good Morning

Happy weekend, everyone!  I woke up this morning with anticipation, and you did too! What will today bring? What will we do with the next 16 hours of our day? Was this a morning where you bounded out of bed and said with great enthusiasm “Good morning, Lord!”  Or did you plod your way to the kitchen and mumble, “Good lord, it’s morning.”  If you were from camp number one, you’re good to go, have fun today.  See you back here next time.  Now if you fell into camp number two, we need to talk.

Whatever you’re going through needs a plan; not just on paper, but in your heart because that’s where all acts come from.  Proverbs 23:7 confirms that the way we think is the way we act. What is the opposite of gloom? A thankful spirit!  Think of even one thing you are thankful for.  When we see no reason to be thankful, we get gloom.  Story time.

I was reading Romans one day, at a time when I was having some blue days . . . or was it weeks? Some days are long, tedious and let’s face it; some of those blue days turn gray and murky. Like barometric pressure that presses down and becomes a storm, so does our blue mood become dark and gloomy.  Somehow I stumbled onto Romans 1:21 “For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.” Oh no! Is this why I’m feeling bleak and uninspired? Do I drag myself through these dark days because I’ve refused to be thankful for the little things when the big things are out of reach?  “Lord, forgive me for not being thankful for everything I have that’s come from you. Please give me grace and patience to wait for you to direct this path I’m on while I wait for the bigger things.” A few days before, I had been reading Psalm 51 and right then I went back to that chapter in the Message translation.  Along about Psalm 51:7 I read these words “God, make a fresh start in me, shape a Genesis week from the chaos of my life. Don’t throw me out with the trash, or fail to breathe holiness in me. Bring me back from gray exile, put a fresh wind in my sails!’

So what next? Counter attack!  Plan to make a difference, starting with a thankful spirit; and attitude of gratitude. Did all those frustrations and irritations dry up and shrivel away? What do you think?  No, of course not. God brought to my mind, though, something ingrained in me since birth. When feeling down and worthless, do something for someone else.  Not because it strokes your ego, but just because you can.  1 Peter 4:10 has something to say about that. “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” God works it all out so that doing something for someone who has no reason or ability to give back to you is like ice on a stinging burn.  The effects of opposites.  Giving instead of taking. Acting instead of inertia, Order instead of Chaos.  Peace instead of turmoil.  John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

Life is a contact sport. We need all the players on the team, offense and defense – opposite roles, but all active in playing the game. What can be done today to exchange a gloomy blue for a sky blue?  Let’s get out there.

I want to live like that.  Don’t you?

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