Why are you down in the dumps, dear soul?  Why are you crying the blues? Fix my eyes on God—soon I’ll be raising again. He puts a smile on my face. He’s my God.

Psalm 42, verse 5; from The Message (Msg)

Ever given deep thought to the word mood? A friend of mine once told me that he gave his wife a mood ring. I asked him, “Does it work?” He replied, “It sure does! I can tell how bad a mood she is in by the size of the bruise it left!” Don’t be so moody! Ever told someone that? Maybe you’ve said, I wish I wasn’t so moody!”

You will always be moody! Moods are something that you have always had–and always will! Does that encourage you? Mood is defined as an emotional state of mind or feeling. See! I’m right! As usual Since we always have a mood, the question isn’t about how to get rid of the mood you are in–it’s about having the right mood. And herein lies the problem. We place the blame for our mood on other people or our circumstances. But. . .

You are in control of your moods because you choose which mood you are in. Nothing controls or changes your mood but YOU! My ESPN just kicked in and one or more of you just thought: Preacherman! You are crazy! And my response? You are so very WRONG! You could argue with me until you’re blue in the face, but you would still be wrong! Have I made you mad? Changed your mood? Then you have just proved my point about you being in charge of your moods! Thank you for proving my point. No one or nothing determines nor changes your mood but YOU!

Every moment of every day you are in some type of mood. Go back to the definition of Mood: an emotional state of mind or feeling. It’s a part of who we are. Though we cannot control what happens around and to us, we are in complete control of our response to life-as-it-happens. There’s a great article about moods on the World Wacky Web by Jon Bloom entitled: Lay Aside The Weight Of Moodiness (click here for the link). In it he writes:

“God means for our emotions to be gauges, and not guides.”

Jon Bloom

If someone or something affects your mood in a positive or negative way, it is because you have given it or them the permission to produce that effect. Now, since you get to choose who controls your mood, why not do what David did when he found himself in a bad mood? Fix my eyes on God—soon I’ll be raising again. He puts a smile on my face. He’s my God. The process is really, really simple. It’s just that most folks have made it really, really complicated and difficult. Do what Paul said:

Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!

Hebrews chapter 12, verses 1 thru 3; (Msg)

Keep your eyes on Jesus and nothing nor no one can change your mood! So, be in a good mood. Remember, God is in a Good Mood when He looks at you–IF you have surrendered to Jesus and are following Him every day. Since Jesus (not our good works) is our righteousness, He always sees you through Jesus and His blood. Need a Scripture to prove it? Well, here’s your sign:

My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Galatians chapter 2, verse 20; from the NLT

And in case you need another reminder, here’s a song. And remember, if you are in a bad mood, you chose that mood. Why not choose a good modd instead?