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CRANKY DAYS

A Cure for the Common Cranky Day

Have you ever have a bad day?

I have a dear friend who calls them “cranky” days. I love that term. I have cranky days, and there’s no one in my house but me. Now that is cranky at its best–one old man complaining to himself while one old man tells him to just shut up.

Why do I personally get cranky? Things aren’t going my way. People don’t realize how important I am. I mean, come on, who is the center of this universe called “Iten’s Acres.” It’s not the cat–even though she thinks so. Ah, what a wonderful pity part I can throw for me–and I can throw it a long way. And invariably at other people who are getting in the way of everything being centered around me. Too often, I even throw it in God’s way.

How do I cure my crankiness? By putting on the oil of the Spirit, of course. I find a quiet place, take up the oil of the Spirit–the Word of God–and “rub it in.” Usually, I read one of David’s psalms. In case you didn’t notice, a lot of David’s psalms start out pretty cranky as he focuses on himself and his problems which God seems to be paying no attention to. But then, ah, then, David stops to meditate on the glory and wonder of the God who is his Savior, his Strong Tower, the one who forgives the contrite heart–even on those cranky days. Especially on those cranky days.

Having a cranky day? “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.” Do a little song and dance with David! Get all the cranks out.

[Editor’s Note: The Philippians 4:8 Project is a daily centering of the WC community’s collective hearts and minds on “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”]

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