Break Through Unthankfulness: Thank God for Bad Hair Days

Thursday, November 19, 2015

About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.” (Acts 16:25)

Many of us grew up watching the Saturday morning cartoons. One that still comes to mind is Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner. When the coyote wasn’t trying to pounce on the roadrunner or smash him over the head with a mallet or anvil, the roadrunner would often be seen with his head stuck in the ground. One could assume he was looking for prey, hiding for fear of a predator, or trying to conceal his face from the sunny heat. What if perhaps that roadrunner was trying not to face what was happening around him.

It’s safe to say that sometimes we live our lives like a roadrunner. Always on the go; moving so fast to stop and say thank you; and digging our faces into the ground afraid to face what’s happening and fearful of spiritual predators.

Sometimes it’s easier to hide from a problem than it is to thank God you’re able to bear it.

A bad hair day isn’t merely when you can’t get your coif to do what you want, it can refer to those seemingly unbelievable and insurmountable events that occur on occasion: being late for your first presentation in front of the big boss, locking your keys in your car when you need to get your daughter to her dance recital, having to pay an unexpected expense when your beginning of the month bills are due, or being ostracized among your church family when you choose to be real like Jesus while everyone else is stuck in traditions. These are bad hair days.

When Paul and Silas were severely beaten and thrown in prison for openly worshipping God and defying Roman customs, they didn’t complain about their surroundings or fuss about their criminal record; no they began thanking and praising God in song!

How often do you say, pray, or sing thank you when your troubles begin to double?

If you know our Co-founder, Shanita, she is typically known for having a song in her heart; and often she’s singing praises out loud, making up songs, and sometimes just being comical in musical delight, but it always brings joy to see and hear that many times in the midst of a spiritual bad hair day, God gives her a song to set her focus back on Him. The heart behind her words usually encourages anyone who is around.

We don’t know in what spirit you woke up in today, but you don’t have to succumb to the behaviors of that old roadrunner and stick your head in the ground; you can share songs of thanksgiving to God.

When you feel shame, you can sing thanks because your storm is passing over.
When you feel fear, you can sing thanks because He's felt your pain.
When you feel insecure, you can sing thanks because of your intimate relationship with God.

Where’s your song that will free you from the chains of doubt, tension, and agony? What lyrics will help you to get over you, so you can praise God, regardless of whether you’re truly having a bad hair day or whether you’re really being treated unfairly?

What anthem of thanks will you put on repeat in your heart?!

Paul and Silas’ verbal testimony through singing and prayer, not only freed them from prison, but a prison guard and his entire family were saved (Acts 16:33).

Today, instead of burying your head in the sand for fear of what could be happening around you, thank Him with a Thanks Hymn. You'll be encouraged and those around you, who are listening, just might be saved!

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    1. That's right Ms. Juanita! We are going to sing and give thanks! The devil won't stop our praise! Continue shining for the Lord!


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