Little children are masters at it. Unable to get their way, they run off and hold a pout session. They wear a sour and unhappy expression on their face. For the most part childishness is overlooked. After all, they are just children. To most adults their expressions are often more comical or amusing than tragic. The wonderful thing about children, though, is that when you leave them alone for a few minutes, they will get over their sulking and things will soon be back to normal. They start playing as though nothing ever happened.
But it isn’t funny when adults play the game. We don’t “bounce back” as most children do. Once the sulking begins it could last for days or months or even years.
All of us have been wronged at times. You probably cannot go through life without some adversity of one kind or another. If we are not careful we’ll try to justify ourselves for “being in a mood” and we’ll sulk and pout. We’ll make everyone around us miserable and we’ll be miserable too.
There must be a better way for adults to live. There is, and God provides the answer in the Bible. The apostle Paul wrote, “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others…Do all things without grumbling or disputing; that you may prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world” (Philippians 2:3-4, 14-15, NASV).