Anyone out there feeling a little disombobulated? Maybe mildly depressed, waking up to some unexplained feelings of unease / anxiety? You are not alone and we are not without hope, praise Jesus!
At some point early in my nursing career a wise counselor to patients told me he could cure depression if only he could get his patients to follow a simple challenge. Serve someone. Meet the needs of someone other than yourself. I have never forgotten that. Doing so changes not only our frame of mind but also stimulates hormones in our brains that elicit happy feelings and makes us want to get up and go out to do it again, reaching more and more often out of our comfort zones.
I recommend the “Seamless” Bible, or another version out there that walks through the New Testament in chronological order. Each time I have read through scripture it has been meaningful, but chronological order tells the stories with unique life and renewed focus.
Pandemic, wildfires, hoardes of tropical storms/hurricanes simultaneously became pulled into the greater story. Along with that came, “fear not, for I (the Lord) am with you”. A peace that passes all understanding – ours for the asking.
On the tails of that reassurance comes responsibility and accountability. How are we doing with that? This morning’s words from Paul to Timothy convicted me to ask ourselves, you with me, have we recognized our incredible blessings and are we using them to God’s glory?
1 Timothy 6:17 – 19 ” Charge them that are rich in this world (an incredibly high percentage of we Americans, in comparison to the majority of the world) that they be not high-minded (not putting themselves first), nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy (isn’t that sweet!!??); that they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to share; laying up in store for themselves a good foundation toward the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.”
Find a need. Give beyond your comfort zone. I can’t say it often enough – you cannot dream how big God returns the favor upon you. His economy is crazy amazing and He is waiting for all of us whom he has blessed to pour into those in need. It doesn’t make sense in terms we understand. A glorious mystery worth the up front risk. Do it. Go and be blessed.