We all have bad days. Most people qualify a bad day as a day where you get up late, forget your lunch, get stuck in traffic, and nothing just seems to go quite right. I’m going to reclassify those days as “annoying days.” They are days when I’m not miserable, but I’m just annoyed.
On annoying days I actually get annoying to be around. I start complaining, I get grumpy, and become more judgmental of others. The phone ringing sounds like nails on a I chalk board on these days. I want to shut myself in a room and not talk to anyone.
To pretend these days don’t exist is dishonest. They do exist, and they exist for everyone. Ignoring it or dressing it up doesn’t help us. The trick is how we respond.
Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.
Sometimes I grumble. I do this mostly on my annoying days. The hard truth is that when I grumble, I’m not being a light. If I’m grumbling, I’m not loving other people. If I’m not loving then I’m not shining as a light in the world. I need to decrease the volume of my grumbles and increase the volume of patience, love, and grace especially on annoying days. This is hard because it means putting my wants, comfort, and sometimes personal goals on hold. I have to press further into serving when it’s not comfortable to serve and deny myself more.
Have you had an annoying day recently? How can you decrease the volume of grumbling and increase the volume of service?