I’ve been depressed today for no particular reason. I hate when this happens. I call it the Sunday afternoon blues. Yes, I know it’s Tuesday but I tend to get this on a Sunday afternoon coming off a really good weekend. But, I now know I also have a tendency to feel this way after a nice vacation or holiday too. Blah and grumpy.
You would think after years of knowing that I am prone to get this way, I would have discovered a way to prevent it from happening before it happens. But, I haven’t. I usually have a nice little pity party before I seek the solution to my attitude problem.
These days in my life when I seem to be taking two steps forward and three steps back always end up being a good reminder that I am definitely a work in progress.
The solution to my attitude problem is always the same. And it is always my choice whether I run to the solution or dig my heels in and resist. Today, right now, I am choosing to run to the solution.
“Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.
Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.” (Philippians 4:6-9 MSG)