Monday, August 24, 2009

R U Grumpy?

Remember the seven dwarves? What were their names? Doc, Dopey, Sneezy, Sleepy, Grumpy, Happy and Bashful.

While only one in seven of the dwarves was grumpy, it seems that about seven in ten people LOOK grumpy. Why are people so unhappy?

This morning I found myself facing a lady driving a minivan in a narrow lane in a small parking lot. It is a one way parking lot and she was facing the wrong way, but she made it abundantly clear, even without words, that I was an idiot for blocking her path to the opening marked "entrance only" where she ultimately exited.

She was SO unhappy and that was just the beginning of her problems.

She traveled the same direction down Whipple Ave. as I did. It could not have improved her mood to turn into her driveway and find that someone had run over a big skunk almost right in front of her house. The skunk was in the northbound lanes and my truck in the southbound lanes STILL picked up some of the stink. That lady's house is on the northbound side of the road. It can't be good.

We need to be careful about our countenance. Christians need to display the fruit of the Spirit lest our attitudes stink like a big dead skunk.
(Galatians 5:22-23) ¶ But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
People can see our faces behind the wheel. They can discern our "body language." They can see if we are controlling our tempers or losing them. They can tell if we are being polite or not. How will our attitudes affect our testimonies?

Live for Jesus!
(Galatians 5:16) ¶ I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

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