Friday, August 12, 2011

What a Way to Ruin a Day

If anyone else has ever thrown out their back, you know what I mean when I say it can really ruin your day.  One minute you are home sick from work looking to relax, then you bend over for some reason, and when you get back up you feel that familial yet very unwelcome pinch.  Then your back is sore and you struggle to find a comfortable position to sit or lie in and forget about doing anything active.  For some this can last hours, for other it can last days.  For just about all of us, there is no real warning.Once the pain starts, there is nothing you can do about it, it is too late and you just need to ride it out. 

And so in my usual and somewhat annoying style, I looked for some reason why it happened to me this day.  You see, I am the most guilty person I know at letting little things build up to ruin my day.  I have an idea of how a day should go, something changes that up a bit, and I have a hard time holding onto my mood.  My wife hates it.  She should, really.  I hate it, too.  Unfortunately, once you let that bad mood set in it is so hard to get your mind out of it.  You can reason Scripture, you can pray, you can listen to worship music, but once you let that mood take hold there is nothing you can to do change it. 

So what is the answer for me or for anyone else like me who gets into these moods.  How do we prevent it from happening especially since once it starts it is real hard to turn around.  You see, for a tricky back, the idea is not to move or twist it in that special way to aggravate whatever old injury is there.  Unfortunately, we can not be conscious of how we move our back 24 hours a day 7 days a week.  We can, and should, do that for our thoughts though.  We must rule our own minds taking each thought captive for Jesus Christ.  We must do that because it only takes one thought to get through to wreak havoc upon ourselves.  It can be the seed that sprouts to anger, sin, and just making it into a miserable day for yourself and those around you.
For the weapons of our warfare [are] not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.  2 Corinthians 10:4-6 NKJV

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