Kick the Bad Ones Out
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. Colossians 3:15
Oswald Chambers wrote, “There are certain things we must not pray about—moods, for instance. Moods never go by praying, moods go by kicking.” He wasn’t telling us to never pray for better attitudes, but he was stating a basic emotional reality. We must take charge of our moods and kick the bad ones out of our hearts and minds. Just as importantly, we must open the door and usher in some better attitudes and let them rule in our hearts.
Gratitude is a choice we make. It’s a command to obey, for the Bible tells us: “Be thankful.” Remembering and reflecting on God’s goodness is one of the blessings of thanksgiving. Take a moment and think about a situation that’s causing you distress. Somewhere among the feelings of hurt, fear, anger, or anxiety—somewhere—there are some things for which to be thankful. What are they? List them, thank God for them, and let the peace of God rule in your heart.
We have to take ourselves by the scruff of the neck and shake ourselves, and we will find that we can do what we said we could not…. The Christian life is one of incarnate spiritual pluck. Oswald Chambers