Christian author and speaker Joyce Meyer talks about how to overcome bad moods. She emphasizes that we should not simply acknowledge what problems cause us to be unhappy, but that we should also realize the importance of our responses to those problems.
Here’s some highlights form the video below:
- We need to let God dig deeper to help us understand our problems. While we simply dawdle at the surface of a situation, the Holy Spirit seeks to uncover the roots of our problems. Joyce states that our problems are often not what we perceive them to be, but that the greater dilemma lies within how we respond to our problems.
- It’s not the events around you that make you unhappy, it is how your respond to those events that makes you unhappy. She says that it is less about what circumstances are in your life, and much more about your view on life, and your attitude towards these circumstances.
- Separate yourself as a person from your opinions. When sharing our opinion with another, and that person rejects our opinion, we all too often feel personally rejected ourselves. We are Not our opinions, and we are Not being rejected as a person. Thinking like this has led many of us, Joyce included, into having difficulties talking about things.
- Be confident with yourself, and who you are. When we are sure of ourselves, we can easily dismiss negative, criticizing commentary. Often, when people are unsure of themselves, or spend too much time dwelling on the things they dislike about themselves, it can filter the way they see others. People who don’t like themselves often have a hard time liking or trusting others.
Don’t take it personally if someone points out things that are wrong with you at times, because it is likely because they are finding something wrong with themselves. Worry less about the things in your life that cause you to feel blue, and let the Holy Spirit help you dig deeper to discover the roots of the problems, and to assist you in gaining a healthier view and response to these ordeals.
Don’t demean yourself by subjugating yourself to your opinions, and recognize that the way we view situations is the key component to Joyce’s message, and the key solution to overcoming our sour moods.