1. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." - Matthew 11:28-29.
Weariness can make us cranky. Too often we seek after the wrong things to "self-medicate" our exhaustion: caffeine, cigarettes, alcohol, or even something more sinister like pornography. We must not "check out" of our situations or feed on the wrong things - they will never satisfy. Come to Christ. Feed on Him. Bring your burdens, your frustrations, and your grumpiness to Him, and he will give you rest.
2. "And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus." - Philippians 4:19
When we don't feel as if our needs are being met, we get cranky. But our true need is for
3. “I am leaving you with a gift - peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid." - John 14:27
Sometimes it can be the smallest things that make us cranky. You burn your lip on your morning coffee, you lose your keys and are running late for work. These things can set us off in a bad mood that lingers throughout the day and affects those around us. But God can give us peace in both the big struggles and the smallest frustrations. Ask Him for peace today.
4. "Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear." - Ephesians 4:29
So you're a bit tired and fed up on your commute to work. You're squished up against some sweaty fellow on the train and you can feel your blood pressure rising. You're cranky. Most are at this point on a Monday morning. But as Christians, we must prevent this from developing into anger! Anger, when acted on, can destroy relationships in an instant. Ask God to give you grace, and let his encouragement to you be something that lifts your mood, and inspires you to edify others. "Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."
5. “But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” - Philippians 3:13-14
Very rarely do you wake up with the intention of flipping an offensive hand gesture at a fellow
We all have the capacity to be super cranky individuals. Those that are never frustrated by something are not really living in the reality of the world. There are annoyances, and we are human beings with limits. We get weary. We get frustrated. But here's the thing. This world loves to wallow in that place. Complaining, being consistently short-tempered, constantly blaming others, and just plodding through the day in an awful mood. We do not have to do this!
Through Christ, we have access to infinite power and grace to lift our moods, be an encouragement to others, and rid ourselves of our cranky tendencies. We can be people who are full of life, and who can change the atmosphere of a workplace, sports club, small group meeting, train station or waiting room as soon as we show up. Let's pray to God that we would be free from cranky-ness today, and trust that God will renew and refresh us by his Holy Spirit.