Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. Philippians 4:8
In one my all time favorite movies, Moonstruck, Ronnie (Nicholas Cage) has just professed his love for his future sister-in-law, Loretta (Cher). In this classic scene she looks him in the eye, slaps him and yells, “Snap out of it!”
We all need a good dose of “Snap Out of It!” from time to time.
- Are you having a little pity party because you didn’t get your way? Snap Out of It!
- Feeling grumpy today cupcake? Snap Out of It!
- Just not “feeling it” at work? Snap Out of It!
- Don’t want to tackle that sink full of dirty dishes? Snap Out of It!
- Nobody noticed you got a haircut? Snap Out of It!
- Angry at getting caught doing something you shouldn’t? Snap Out of It!
- Jealous of your friend’s cute boyfriend? Snap Out of It!
- Complaining about grocery shopping? Snap Out of It!
- Disappointed with having to shop at thrift stores? Snap Out of It?
- In love with a person who is wrong for you? Snap Out of It?
We put a lot of emphasis on our feelings and emotions and we can easily mistake feelings for reality. I never “feel” like doing the laundry but I do it every week because I like having clean clothes and cannot afford to buy new ones all the time! Life lived on feelings and not facts is a roller coaster you don’t want to ride.
There is no question life can be disappointing and frustrating. Many things happen that we cannot control and did not cause but we can always, ALWAYS control how we respond to disappointment, frustration, betrayal and loss. We can choose to respond honestly. focus on the lesson learned, and turn it back to praise. Don’t bury the emotions but don’t dwell on them or let them define or identify who you are. Find the help and support you need, remember it is not about you, ask God to correct your thinking, pull up your big girl (or boy!) pants, pray, a lot, and move on.
Sound too simple for you?
Snap Out of It!