Sunday, July 26, 2009

I Double Dog Dare You

Why is it the moment our family begins to get ready for church my pathetic attitude rears its ugly head for all to see?

My daughter had a little friend spend the night last night. With spatula in hand, my robe on and wet hair hanging around my face like the mythological creature Medusa, she quietly comes up to me and announces she doesn't want to go to church with us as planned.

Now, I am not one to force church attendance on anyone...but I was irritated. As adorable as this little girl is, I had only minutes left to get everyone fed, run this child home and head back to make myself presentable and get to church.

Like Cruella Deville I sped through our little town to take this child home. After ringing her doorbell until my index finger was numb, we discovered her parents weren't home.

Can you feel my growing irritation?

Racing back home in our Suburban, thoughts danced in my head. My hair is going to look awful drying on its own. I bet the breakfast dishes are now stuck by syrup to my kitchen table. Why did I eat pancakes for breakfast today anyway? I feel like I have a brick in my stomach. Why didn't Paul offer to take this child home?

Like the godly woman I am (interject sarcasm here), I fumed on the way to church. I thought for sure my fake smile screamed "Hypocrite!" as I walked into church minutes later.

Leaning over to one of my girlfriends, I smiled from ear to ear and spoke through clenched teeth, "I am not in a good mood today."

...and then it happened.

Worship began.

Have you ever tried to stay in a bad mood while praising God? It's impossible to do. My anger and irritation melted away.

Replacing my foul, ugly flesh was a heart that needed forgiveness for snapping at my husband and for all of the ways I was imagining I could torture my children for creating such a mess this morning.

When we praise Him, we take our eyes off ourselves and place them where they should have been all along...on Jesus.

So, when you feel yourself heading down the ugly road of selfish, prideful, self-absorbed you, crank up the worship music.

I double dog dare you.

Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; meditate on and talk of all His wondrous works and devoutly praise them! 1 Chronicles 16: 9


Mari said...

Oh yes - I've been there! At least you didn't let your mood impede your worship!

Denise said...

Amen. praise Him.

Honeycombmama said...

God overcomes and all works out:)

George said...

You really shouldn't blow dry your hair Joanne! It can damage your hair.

Kristen said...

oh this post is beautiful! you are right that it is impossible to be in a bad mood & that we should always keep our eyes on Him!!

Runner Mom said...

Oh, I loved this!! Medusa and all!! You are so right about not being able to stay in a bad mood and praise Him at the same time! Maybe I need church more often!!

Linda said...

Very good post that touches us all I'm afraid.

We are all just humans and when we are Christians we still have our sin nature there and it too often rears it's ugly head.

But praise GOD when we are saved by His grace He forgives us,...and after we confess our sins to Him we just need to forgive ourselves. ((smile))

You are right,...worship and praise leaves no room for selfish thoughts or complaints. We do need to stay in an attitude of worship and , you say, "crank up the praise music!"

Linda @ Truthful Tidbits

sarah said...

I love this. too funny and right on. Sarah

A Stone Gatherer said...

I will remember! Thanks Joanne! I've entered church quite a few times that way myself!

Tea With Tiffany said...

It's true. Worship melts my hardened selfish heart. Thank you for sharing a real life example to land your point. I'm listening. Now time to worship!

Can't wait to meet you.



Eyeglasses & Endzones said...

Bam! You hit the nail on the head. It is soo true. I think that Satan just gets me in a mood and then God breaks me down right when worship starts...some days, I can do NOTHING but lift my words come out. AMAZING how God works and thankfully, he still works on someone so imperfect!! Thanks for the shoutout and for this really great post today!


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