You believe you’re called to make a meaningful difference.
You believe in something bigger than yourself.
You believe you’re on the right path.
You believe in prayer.
You believe in faith.
You believe in God.
You even believe God loves you and has a plan for your life! “…plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) SO WHY DO YOU GET THE BLUES???
I could go into all sorts of possible reasons….from spiritual to psychological to emotional to physiological; but, for this blog post, I’d rather talk about what to do when “the blues” come out of nowhere.
If you’re a business owner who strives to help others through continual use of your gifts and talents, you don’t have time to waste on self-indulgence. I remember when my kids were little, and the inevitable tears would flow, I’d tell them (after sympathetic discussion of course) that they were welcome to cry for _x_ minutes, depending on their age. After that, it was time to move on and, as DeDe Murcer Moffett would say, Snap Out of It! Seemed to work pretty darn well for them. How ’bout for grown ups?? Should we limit how long we cry?
In his letter to the Thessalonians, Paul advises the believers, “Be joyful always, pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1Thess. 5: 16-18). By renewing our minds and transforming our thoughts, we make room for God’s Spirit to flow through us in service to others. The longer we stay stuck in a place of fear and sadness and limiting beliefs, the longer we restrict our ability to be a conduit of God’s love…to ourselves as well as those around us.
We all struggle. (“Give thanks!”) Thus develops our soul. Think of the Monarch butterfly. Without the struggle to escape its chrysalis, its wings don’t have the strength to fly. Struggles are part of life…part of growth…part of business. It’s how we handle our thoughts and emotions and actions during those inevitable times of struggle that determines the quality of growth that will occur. Let’s try to be grateful for our struggles and emerge from our chrysalis as quickly as we can.
One more thing…
Until this week, I’d never thought of the 23rd Psalm as a guide for entrepreneurs. I mostly associated it with funerals. We would do well to ponder these words in our hearts and remember to give thanks in all circumstances. Even when we get the blues.
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
He leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul:
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil: for thou art with me;
Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:
Thou anointest my head with oil;
My cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:
And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.