Look past your mood: leave your crankiness behind

What is it about the cranky days?

Our mood takes over my minds and it casts such a heavy fog over anything great. We forget the great things: being alive, health, having a home, having friends and family who love us, even simple things like coffee and hot water.

One night I stayed up until 5:00 a.m., unable to sleep because of a pain in my left ankle and the coffee was kicking in from 9:00 p.m. I woke up just five hours later set for a cranky day.

I had decaffeinated black tea and a bagel with butter as I watched "One Tree Hill" on Netflix. My boyfriend then called me to see how I was doing and I just complained of my pain and mood--well, yelled-- and he laughed, called me dramatic and shouted "I don't know, Katherine, pray."

Amanda Cook (PC:YouTube)
I just rolled my eyes and told him I had to go. But I paused before pressing play to "One Tree Hill" and thought he was on to something. I switched from Netflix to Youtube to listen to "Great Are You Lord" by Amanda Cook and my mood just shifted. I blew away the fog and got ready to meet up with a good friend and mentor of mine. I realized that my mood was petty and I had no reason at all to waste a day being moody.

I then put "Forever" by Kari Jobe on YouTube and seeing her worship gave me goosebumps. She was excited about Jesus and the cross and so was I. I then realized how there are greater things than my mood. 

Moods are determined by us, and we're only hurting ourselves by holding onto the bad moods. In some cases we take out our bad moods on others and cause conflict. Setting up our days based on our moods is selfish and self-centered. Because we don't feel in the mood we must have a terrible day and expect others to feel the same. It makes the day drag on because you're focusing on staying mad.

A start on changing your mood is by talking to people. Be open about how you're feeling and people can give you insight on how to feel better. Speaking out and hearing yourself say you're cranky just because may then sound silly to you, so you change your mood. Or just simply hanging out with a friend takes the attention off of you, and that change of focus gives you a clear perspective of what's truly important.

Kari Jobe (PC: YouTube)
Not that your mood isn't important, but think of how it may affect people around you? Are you pouring into people in a positive way that can make a good change? 

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. 
—  John 14:27

Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
—  Isaiah 40:30-31

Edited April 2021


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