Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. Ephesians 4:29 ESV
I was always accustomed to wearing “Cranky Pants” on and off my entire life. Lately though, I’ve been changing or “flipping the script” in my life, and my “Cranky Pants” are now uncomfortable! If you are not familiar with “Cranky Pants”, or have never heard of them before, let me be the first to introduce you to this unique form of attire. First off, I am sure that you have had these form fitting cranky pants in your personal collection for quite some time. Odds are you’ve slipped them on unknowingly or have always worn them each and every day. Cranky pants can become the most comfortable, form fitting attire that you will ever have in your life, if you allow them to become part of your everyday wardrobe. Most people grow so accustomed to wearing them, that they become immune to taking them off at any point in their day. Cranky pants when worn will make even the sweetest person, become bitter and ungrateful and they won’t be able to see all the good in their life. Point made, Cranky Pants when worn will change your entire personality into a wretched, disgruntled soul! You soon become irritable, agitated and plain hard to live with. You can’t stand to be stuck at red lights, or have to put up with screeching kids in a grocery store. The little things start to bother you, and soon you are so miserable you can’t even stand yourself.
If you wake up on the “wrong side of the bed”, or your baby was crying all night, or you have “nothing to wear” in your closet, it can ultimately change your entire day. It can change your day if you choose to let it! There are points in our day or week that ultimately deserve for us to be slightly cranky. There are moments in our week where “cranky pants” are hard to take off, when your car is sent to the shop for repairs, or your seven year old is entirely nasty and wearing “Cranky pants” of their own. , or a loved one is sick and there is nothing you can do about it to help them. We all suffer through our own personal turmoil daily, yet it is how we decide to “suffer” that determines how people see us from the outside world. We can be in the moment and be disgruntled, or we can try to make the most of it and move on in our day with grace, showing those around us that we can prevail and stand tall in any situation.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2 ESV
If you allow yourself to stay in constant company with disgruntled, unhappy people, you too will become one in the same and your “cranky pants” will remain a single garment in your wardrobe forever.
Have you ever been caught up in the trap where your friends are sitting around complaining about a co-worker or other friend; where they sit and speak so badly of this other person, that by the time they are done you too cannot stand this person any longer? Misery love’s company is the truest statement in our vocabulary, because once you are around unhappy people, if you allow their moods to affect you, you too will become unhappy and angry.
If we could all become people of grace, and be the followers of Christ that radiate a happiness that is contagious, you soon will see that angry people are no longer in your circle of friends. You no longer want to be around people of this nature, and you crave the constant companionship of happy, positive people! Although, at first it is hard to change our attitudes, over time with much attention to our thinking, we too can begin to shred the “cranky pants” of our life and become Christ like in how we radiate God’s love all around us.
I grew so accustomed over time to being caught up in my “cranky pants” moods, I didn’t even realize that even today after receiving God’s grace and being baptized that I still fell into the trap. My parents have been ill, and I live quite a few thousand miles away. I can’t change the situation of being so far away, yet I allowed myself to fall into my “poor me” state and rallied around a constant battle of being angry and frustrated. When I was confronted by a friend, she simply stated that the moods I was experiencing were simply me not allowing Christ to comfort me and surrendering my pain to God. I have all the tools and knowledge to be a good Christian, yet I still conform to my old ways, and wake up on the “wrong side of the bed”. After having pondered these ideas of living in the moment, and not allowing my moods to swing into frustration, shame and guilt I soon began to realize that I no longer want to wear my “cranky pants”. I enjoy being happy. I enjoy my new found friends in Christ, and what better way to show them that I’ve changed than to walk in the moment in a happy state and surrender the fear and pain to God.
Philippians 4:7: And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them]. 4:8 AMP