#633 – Cranky

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I’m getting a little cranky.

After a week and a half of camp, a week and a half of not sleeping in my own bed, a week and a half of not sleeping next to my wife and a week and a half of eating cafeteria food, I’m getting a little cranky.

Now I fully understand that most of you have real jobs and would love to spend two weeks in San Diego, even if it is in a smelly dorm full of adolescent boys. I have a great job, I love my job and I’m blessed to be able to do ministry vocationally.

That being said, even youth pastors can get a little cranky.

Even writing this, though, reminds me how blessed I am to have my job. I may get a little cranky from being away from home and my wife, but I know that I’m doing exactly what God has called me to do. I even got to have a conversation with a student about how to discover what God wants him to do.

We all experience seasons of crankiness and frustration. As I’m learning this week that’s OK; we just can’t let those seasons blind us to all the blessings we have received. I literally began this post ready to waste 300 words on why I’m cranky and blah blah blah. By simply pausing and reflecting on why I love my job and summer camp, my crankiness was alleviated and God’s goodness became clearer to me.

Remembering how we’ve been blessed is like a lumos spell against the increasing darkness of crankiness and frustration. God is good regardless of our attitude, so why not live with an attitude that reflects his goodness and blessings?

What makes you cranky? What helps you look past your crankiness?

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