• Josh Carmody

Be Cheerful No Matter What?

I thought about not posting anything today, but I can see the keyboard now.

Influenza-A went through our entire house last week. Every single one of us ended up staying at home, missing school and work. At every turn, someone was blowing their nose, coughing into their germ-catcher (the inside part of your elbow), and talking about sore throats. Good times.

As if that wasn't enough, my left eye formed a massive stye once my flu symptoms subsided. When I went to the doctor today his words were, "That's one of the worst ones I've ever seen." Awesome. He wrote three different prescriptions, I picked them up and went home.

As stated earlier, I can see the keyboard now. I'm also wearing an eye patch and talking like a pirate, but that's neither here nor there.

My attitude these past few days can be summed up nicely with one word. Bad. It's difficult to have a cheerful disposition when you wake up with one of your eyes crusted shut. It's easy to have a bad attitude when you have been sick for a week. When your kids take a step away from you after making eye contact, it's hard to have a good attitude. That is until this scripture came across my path:

1 Thessalonians 5:18 (MSG) "Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live."

The truth of this scripture has helped my attitude today. I can have joy, despite how things look in the mirror. And they look pretty bad. Instead of having a bad mood, it's possible to pray and thank God for who He is and all He has done. Instead of being angry, it's possible to be cheerful.

My bad attitude is a matter of perspective. Am I a victim or am I victorious, even in this small setback? This stye will get better eventually and my children will no longer cower in fear at the sight of my eye. As I patiently wait for that to happen, I will do my best to remain cheerful!

And if you think about it, would you say a prayer for me? I'm officiating a wedding this weekend and I don't think a pirate patch is in the Bride's plans.

Until Monday, Josh

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I work at New Covenant Christian Church in Fort Dodge, IA. Everything here, however, is my personal opinion and is not read or approved before it is posted. Opinions, conclusions and other information expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of New Covenant Christian Church.