It’s been a crap week.
We all have them. Things just seem to constantly go wrong.
It starts with little stuff. Knocking something over that you’ve passed by every day before without a problem. Biting your cheek so that now, every time you chew, you’re biting into it again and again. Getting a call from the bank’s fraud detection center over something that you purchased yourself. People cancelling on you last minute.
Then, things just seem to spiral from there. Soon, even the tiniest of annoyances that would barely register with you on a normal day makes it feel like the world is out to get you.
And in lucid moments, all you want to do is calm down, be rational, and enjoy the rest of your day. And that’s when you close the document you’ve been working on for hours and accidentally hit “No” when it asks if you want to Save your progress. That’s when you find out that your favorite TV show just got cancelled. That’s when you lock your keys in the car and have to wait at the gas station for your spouse to come let you back in.
I’ve been having such a week, and it’s really hard to get out of this funk.
The other night, at church, I was running the lyric slides for worship. I was deep into this bad mood, and I did not want to sing. But I kept singing anyway. I would even try to stop myself, and then the minute I wasn’t focused on stopping, I had started again.
And I could feel the Spirit whispering in my ear, “Come on! You’re almost there! Just drop the burdens, the stress, and the anger and worship God! Give it all over to Him!”
At first, I refused. I felt I had earned the right to be upset.
But that wasn’t helping me.
For the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
-James 1:20 ESV
When we are bitter, angry, upset, and wallowing in it all, we do no good. We help no one, especially not ourselves.
When we gave our lives over to God, handing our burdens over to him, it wasn’t a one-time thing. He wants you to keep handing your burdens over to him. Keep handing him your stress, your worry, your bad days. He doesn’t want you to struggle anymore!
Once I finally did drop my guard that night, I was finally able to get into worship and start growing a better attitude again. And now all those minor annoyances seem even more minor and silly to get upset over.
But I could have avoided a lot of headaches and heartburn had I done that days ago.
There is a quick fix to a crap week, we just need to remember it’s out there.
And even if the problems are big and don’t go away, at least you’ll be able to face them with a clear mind and a loving heart.
Matthew Coker is a Media Director at a church in his hometown, where he also is a leader at a Celebrate Recovery program. He’s a huge comic book nerd, Whovian, and Funko Pop Collector. Matthew and his wife live in New Mexico.