Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Did Something Bump Into Your Happy

I just love the phrase “Bump into my happy”. I don’t know if Lysa Terkeurst is the originator of the phrase but it so captures what happens to most of us. She was kind enough to give us the following glimpse into her life at http://lysaterkeurst.com/

"Most days, I wake up fairly happy. It’s not like I wake up in mood for a party but generally I’m not grumpy when I arise. I wake up and things seem pretty good, level, and fresh with possibilities. And then inevitably something will bump into my happy.
An early morning meltdown by one of my little people. It’s amazing what a bad hair day can do to a tweenagers’s attitude.

Or a forgotten something for school. And one of my people wants their irresponsibility to suddenly become my emergency.

Or an email from somebody who clearly gets high from trying to bring others down.
Or me misjudging our time and suddenly everything is rushed and hurried and stressful.
Or my husband fussing because he wants to keep the house at 68 degrees and I can’t stop shivering until the temp hovers closer to 72. It’s amazing how much of a difference 4 degrees makes. (Seriously 68 is like living in an ice cave. I’m just saying.)

Anyhow, things happen. Things that bump into my happy. And suddenly I’m a little off kilter and little less nice.

Well, I’m learning something about a little mental perspective I need to have when things bump into my happy. In that moment, Satan is scheming to have me help him out. If he can just get me jostled to the point where I react out of anger, it’s like lighting a spark near a puddle of gasoline.
Even the smallest spark can ignite quite a fire. A fire that will spread and feel much bigger than what the situation ever should have been…We can choose to play into Satan’s schemes and add to his attempts to separate us from God’s best. Or, we can choose to fight for our relationships and against Satan’s attempts to trip us up. When I think about it in these terms, it helps me realize who my real enemy is.

My real enemy isn’t any of the people that bump my happy. My real enemy is the one who tries with all his might to get me to jump into a grumpy mood and help him tear down all that I love."
You just have to love Lysa’s perspective. It is interesting how many Christians profess to believe in Jesus but how few acknowledge that there is a Satan. He is real and we would all do well to put on the armor of God every day Ephesians 6:10-18 then things are less likely to bump into our happy.

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