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Blue Monday is Still Here

In reading illustrations recently about discouragement and depression, I came across this one.  I have not seen the show, “FRIENDS”, but the theme song is what is described in this example.  The lyrics read in part:

So, no one told you life was gonna be this way                     

Your job’s a joke, you’re broke, your love life’s D.O.A.

It’s like you’re always stuck in second gear

When it hasn’t been your day, your week, your month, or even your year.

You know, some of us can relate to that first verse a little more than others. We all have bad days, but for some of us those bad days have stretched into bad weeks, months or even years.

We find ourselves talking like Eeyore, and saying things like, “whatever can go wrong will go wrong.” We have a pessimistic, browbeaten, downcast view of life. We suddenly find that we can’t sleep, we’ve lost (or gained) weight, some days we just don’t want to get out of bed. Some of you can relate to what I’m talking about…… (Copied).

Everybody has the blues sometimes.  It is a part of life. That is not God’s desire for us nor is it something that anyone wants to experience.  There can be real issues that cause fear, anxiety, stress, or depression.  Depending on the level of need, a person may require help from a pastor or counselor to help them with insights of how to rebound from an emotional time of despair or how to cope with lingering causes of distress.

When you long for a renewed peace, joy, and purpose, here are some simple things that may help you. They have often worked for me….

  1. Start each day with God. Spend some time reading a devotional book or a book of the Bible to remind you of God’s grace (Psalms is a great place to camp and underline the attributes of God listed in the Psalms).   Write one of the verses on a card each day and keep in your pocket to read often through the day.  You will likely memorize it quickly.
  2. Listen to Christian music throughout your day to keep your mind engaged with pleasant things and the things of God.
  3. If there is a reason for your feelings of gloominess that is a result of some hurt or sin, make sure you confess any sin that has caused you to feel guilt, seek to restore any relationship that has been wounded by something (if it is possible), and settle any rift with a family member or friend. IF IT IS NOT POSSIBLE BECAUSE… the other person is not willing to forgive, then clear your spirit by leaving that issue with God and forgive the person anyway even if they have wronged you!  You need to be free.
  4. Make a simple list of “to do’s” that you would like to accomplish and get about it.
  5. Celebrate the things you get done. Remember, even teams commend each other for small advances. Don’t fret over anything undone. Start a new list with those for tomorrow.
  6. Get exercise! Just walking will help to give you renewed focus and energy.

Above all, remember that the LORD is with you always. He loves you.  He knows your current status.  He is working in you for your good.  He is working for you to overcome this present part of your journey! There are lots of things we cannot do, BUT, there is nothing that our God cannot do! So take heart!  The Lord is very near…..