Monday, 13 August 2012

Ever Get the Grumpies

“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17

I literally got up on the right side of the bed this morning; at least according to a study commissioned by a U-K based premier hotel chain and therein lies the problem.  The side from which one exits the bed is determined by laying on one’s back. Exiting from the left side of the bed focuses one’s energies toward logical left brained thinking as opposed to right brained thinking which is associated with emotion and stress.  But I digress.

As a general rule I am a reasonably positive, composed, even keeled person.  That is until something doesn’t go according to my plan.  So in accordance with the U-K study I began to panic when I realized that the gremlins in charge of the unexpected decided to pay me a visit.  Our internet connection had failed for some reason.  This started me down the treacherous slippery slope of the grumpies.  I mean after all this is life threatening, this is a catastrophe of gigantic proportions; at least I was acting as if that were the case. 

Fortunately my wife, who had the grumpies yesterday, got up on the wrong side of the bed, that would be the left side when laying on one’s back.  Such an exit allowed her to address this mood altering unexpected event with a positive attitude and clarity of thought.

I do not get the grumpies all that often but when I do, one of the many things I have come to appreciate about my incredible wife is that she has a formula for snapping me out of my foul mood.  She gets in my face.  She says,” give me a hug”; then she says, “give me a kiss”; then she says “get over it!”   Ninety percent of the time this works.  However this morning it did not work.  Then I saw a mean streak in her which I have not seen before.  She said something like, “You’re whining because we don’t have an internet connection. Think of the Christian political prisoners in China…”   It was a low blow but it did the trick.

One of my many character flaws that I have been asking God to help me overcome is my impatience. As husbands and wives we are called upon by God to help one another grow to become more like the Son.  Speaking the truth into someone’s life must be accompanied by love. This morning was a perfect example of how God is using my wife to speak into my life in such a loving way that hopefully I will become more patient when life’s little, insignificant circumstances jumps up and grabs me by the throat.

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