Recently, I got to thinking about moodiness. I even wondered if the bible spoke to moodiness, because it seems to be a more of a 20th century psychological buzz word. Guess what? The bible speaks to moodiness! Consider Saul in 1 Samuel; David in Psalm 25, 31, 42, 77 and Elijah in 1 Kings 19. I was relieved when I discovered that moodiness did not elude these bible heroes. It reassured me that it’s not just a “girl thing,” or an “age thing.” It is a human thing. Before we discuss moodiness, let’s discuss another emotion, anger. Is anger, inherently wrong? No. Again, even Jesus got angry. Like the emotion of anger, I think the emotion of moodiness begs the question: what do we do with it? I might be thinking about this way too much, but as a person who has dealt with severe mood swings all my life, I want clarity. More importantly, I want to be a good steward with the “me” God calls his temple and dwells in! I have a clinical diagnosis of manic depression, namely, high-highs, low-lows. Does that mean I get a 2-for-1 voucher on being a jerk to people because of moods I can’t control? I don’t know. Something in me tells me that if I can be a good steward with my emotion of anger (i.e., I get angry at people but I don’t murder them) and my desire for sweets (i.e. I eat dessert but I don’t hoard it and make out with it) then with God’s spirit of self-control activated in my soul, I can be a good steward with my moods. I leave this post open for discussion. All thoughts welcome. Just don’t be mean.


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