"Morose By Any Other Name..." by Pastor Kevin Lynch
Morose by any other name still smells of gloom and doom.
Gloomy disposition. Sullen behavior. Moody. Sulking.
Great folks to be around (insert rolling eyes emoticon here).
When they walk into a room it almost seems like it's harder to breathe. The air gets thinner. It's almost as if oxygen can't stand to be around them.
Some folks can't help being like that I suppose, as we now have bona fide medical conditions that excuses anti-social behavior as well as a corresponding pill to fix it.
I'm not speaking of the legitimately clinically depressed here.
I'm talking about people who choose to be that way.
They have the same choice I do every day to be morose or cheerful.
How does that transcend spiritually?
Socially morose people are spiritually morose as well. It's compatible.
In fact, it really is a "chicken or egg" scenario.
I happen to believe spiritual moroseness precedes social moroseness.
Gloomy in your spirit, gloomy in your entire life.
If you have no hope in Christ, then where in the world does your hope lie?
Really, you need to confront this.
Where is your HOPE?
In the government? In your ability? In science? In your spouse? Family? Economy?
Stop and realize for a moment that each choice above has the capability of being a dismal failure and a let down.
In fact, if you're honest, you'll realize that most of those probably already have at some point.
Jesus NEVER fails.
Don't forget, your hope is all the bananas. Everything you have. All in. It's what your physical, mental and spiritual health, your very existence is riding upon.
When that fails it's a big matzoh ball to contend with.
There is nothing left when hope fails.
It's the end of the line.
For many it becomes the shrink, the bottle, or the gas pipe.
Why place hope in the hands of proven failures to begin with?
I have been scratching my head over that one for years.
God tells us in Deuteronomy 30:19 (Amplified Bible):
"I call heaven and earth to witness this day against you that I have set before you life and death, the blessings and the curses; therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live."
Life and death is a choice set before us, the outcome picked by ourselves, not God, so we can't blame Him.
Our choice, good or bad, not only affects us, but resonates through the genetic strand to our descendants.
Ever wonder why entire ancestral lines have been under what seems to be a "curse"?
You can break that curse if you want to.
You have life and death before you each day.
Be of good cheer today! Jesus loves you!
Keepin' it Real,
Pastor Kevin <><