There are times in my life when I just feel blah, not really to the point of despair but rather grumpy, foggy, slow-mo, annoyed and gloomy…
…all at the same time.
It’s like a storm cloud is hovering over my head. Everything looks gray. I’m unmotivated to do anything, yet I don’t want to just sit there bored. Nothing sounds interesting and everyone around me is annoying… on and on…
blah, blah, blah, blah
I don’t always know why or how the storm cloud shows up, but I know that unless I deal with it, the cloud will only get darker. The last thing I want to do is pull myself out from under the dark cloud and be happy, I definitely don’t want to talk about it and being around someone who is in the “happy zone” is simply annoying. I am too tired, too lazy or just don’t feel like expending the energy necessary to overhaul my attitude, amplifying the feeling of blah. The annoying spiral of gloom pulls me down further.
I really hate when this happens. It makes me grumpy!
Over the years I have heard of all kinds of prevention and remedy techniques that help beat “the cruds”. But nothing works for me like what the Apostle Paul tells us to do in Philippians 4:8-9.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
Paul tells us to put into practice the things we have heard from him and one of those things is in the previous verse.
Think about such things.
What we allow our minds to dwell on determines both how we feel and our attitude. Thinking about what is true, noble, right, pure and excellent can move us from under the storm cloud to stand with the God of Peace, a much happier place to be.
John Maxwell puts it this way…
“Major premise: We can control our thoughts. Minor premise: Our feelings come from our thoughts.
Conclusion? We can control our feelings by learning to change one thing: the way we think.”
It is that simple. Our feelings come from our thoughts. Therefore, we can change them by changing our thought patterns.
When we feel “the blahs” settle in how do we, like Paul tells us, put it into practice?
- Ask Jesus to steer your mind to whatever is true, whatever is noble
Next, dwell on excellent things.
- call a friend and chat about good things
- read your bible
- take a walk and look at what Jesus has made
- write down three things you are thankful for
- write down three good things that happened in the last couple of days
- listen to worship music
Do something that will turn your thoughts toward Jesus and all the excellent things He is about.
Written by Pastor Jon Verwey