Saturday, April 4, 2009

In Need of a Bible Verse!




Lately I have let the crabbies slowly creep back into my life. 

You know when you pass someone in the mall (lets day a crabby middle aged man for example) and the two of you are almost going to run into each other and so you pick your side to pass by but he picks that side too and neither of you are going to budge cause you assume the other one will end up choosing to go to the other side. At that point you have a choice of smiling, kind of laughing and saying oops or excuse me, but lets say, the crabby middle aged man says (will add a crabby frown to his face for effect) "MOVE OVER". Well, you were so stunned by that crabby statement and something inside you would love to come back and really get him with a witty comment BUT you are not witty and you have no comeback... The only thing you can think to say is "nooo... you move over". Now the unnecessary conversation takes a really mature twist! He comes back and says "no,  you move over". Again being the quick witted person I am I -excuse me I mean you (I prefer writing in 3rd person- I like to think it was you acting like this and not ME) comes back with a quick "no, you move over".  At that point nasty frown were exchanged both ways- his was nastier than mine of course. So, I hurry back to the table where the children are eating and what am I left with... a yucky feeling inside, muttering to myself about how creepy people can be sometimes, and a chip on my shoulder. I did win by the way I got the closest to the side we both picked to pass on- of course I was practically in the fake indoor shrubbery trying to claim my side.  

To sum this little incident up- I didn't win, I lost big time. I lost and he lost but I could have made it so we both would have won. I could have held onto my formerly cheerful attitude. I could have let God deal with him and only hoped that my grace and sunny smile would have rubbed off on him and maybe helped the bad day he was having. Instead I let myself be sucked into a crabby state by the opposition.  

Like I said, I have let the crabbys sneak in and I want them out. I want God to have full control. I want to joyfully serve him. Others can ride the roller coaster of moods if that is what they choose. I know what it feels like to be filled with his spirit, to love others and to joyfully serve him, so before I begin down the wrong road- I am takin a u turn back to my savior! 

Okay now we are at the point where I should have a really great bible verse. I am sad to say my bible is at home. (shouldabroughtit)
Can I have a little help here! I know that most of you who read choose not to comment but a verse would really finish this post off nicely!! 

6 comments:

Mom Of Many said...

I loved your post. Your honesty was super neat too. I was super honest in my post today too. Just feeling overwhelmed with the aftermath of the fire clean-up and having two toddlers too. ugh

So, for real. When life is complicated or I am feeling very grouchy I force (emphasis on force) myself to play the ThankfulGame. Naming at least 10 things I am thankful for. Then I ask those around me (like my kids) to name 10 things each. Before long, truly I feel so much better. I also put worship music on ...that helps a ton too.

As for a verse..."In everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."

Love you sweet friend and pray that one day I can hug your neck!! xo

Lori said...

Jean,

I'm not sure if I've commented on your blog before. I've been following it some because we have a few things in common. Like having five older bio (four boys, one girl) children and we are in the process of adopting a daughter from China right now.

Anyway, I appreciated the transparency in your post. The verse that came to mind is not an easy one to hear, but it's one that God has me working on as of late (as well as two others of the same theme). I hesitate to share it because I do not know you and have not earned the right to be so straightforward, but you did ask:-) Here it is. Phil. 2:3 (ICB- International Children's Bible - this version really spoke the most to me...telling) "When you do something,do not let selfishness or pride be your guide. Be humble and give more honor to others than to yourselves."

Lori said...

Oh Jean...I love your heart! I was crabby today too...but I'm afraid I stewed in it all day pretty much. You are right, it feels yucky.

The first verse I thought of is a simple one but good..."Let your gentleness be evident to all." Phil. 4:5

Thanks for sharing!

Jennifer O'Cain said...

But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; Matthew 5:44

I couldn't find the verse I was looking for about getting rid of the crabbies but I hope you Do!

Jennifer O'Cain said...

Thought of you today, hope your crabbies are going away!

Blessings,
Jennifer

Chasity said...

Thank you for your post, I love to know others have made the same decisions I have, especially when I knew I should have known better.

He knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold. Job 23:10