What is Your Mood Today?

20 Mar

One thing doesn't change

Faith, in the sense in which I am here using the word, is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted, in spite of your changing moods.  For moods will change, whatever view your reason takes.  I know that by experience.

Now that I am a Christian I do have moods in which the whole thing looks very improbable:  but when I was an atheist I had moods in which Christianity looked terribly probable.  This rebellion of your moods against your real self is going to come anyway.  That is why Faith is such a necessary virtue:  unless you teach your moods “where they get off,” you can never be either a sound Christian or even a sound atheist, but just a creature dithering to and fro with its beliefs really dependent on the weather and the state of its digestion. –C.S. Lewis Mere Christianity

Ahab went home in a black mood, sulking over Naboth the Jezreelite’s words, “I’ll never turn over my family inheritance to you.” He went to bed, stuffed his face in his pillow, and refused to eat. 1 Kings 21:3b MSG

Have you ever gone home, stuffed your face in your pillow, and refused to eat?  Or left the house skipping because of a de-lovely breeze, colorful sunrise, and chattering morning birds?  Our days are greatly affected by our moods, which are by definition changeable; but there is something that is unchanging:  God and His love for us.

But I have trusted in Your faithful love.  Psalm 13:5

Just today I was reading about Dietrich Bonhoeffer who struggled with melancholy all of his life.  But.  He believed in God and His love.  And so can we!

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