Ok… confessional/transparent post today… I’m bearing my soul in hopes this may help someone…
Last week, I was having some repair work done on our car. An elderly gentlemen drove me home while the car was being repaired. As we drove, we talked. This man was seventy-six. He had been in the construction business but went bankrupt during the house crisis years ago. I asked him how he made it?
He then began to explain how he survived. He said he was out of work for about two years. I asked, “What did you do during that time?”
He replied, “I moped.”
I wasn’t thinking straight and I asked, “You did what?”
He replied, “I moped..”
Then I got it… for two years, he was depressed he walked around thinking about what had happened to him.. he had moped.
He connected with me because I had done the same… at times… still doing it.
I spoke with a friend of mine recently who had gone through the same thing. I asked him how he handled it? He said, “For about a-year-and-half I had the mully-grubs… but then, I got out and found something to do.”
“Mully-grubs”… the words are not in a medical dictionary but they basically mean depression. I’ve had the “mully-grubs” and someone reading this probably has as well. When you have the “mully-grubs” you are down… you focus on what you don’t have… how unfair life has been. I’ve had a good dose of it for three years.
Recently,I noticed a thread on twitter that talked about getting up with energy and moving on. I asked if anyone on the thread had dealt with depression. Several had. I asked how they dealt with it? Several responded, “I began each day thankful for what I have.”
God convicted me… I have to be thankful for what I have… Don’t focus on what you don’t have.. be thankful for what you have.
In Psalm 50, the Psalmist challenges the people of Israel to “make thankfulness your sacrifice to God..” and later, in the same Psalm He says, “giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors me.” These verses remind me of Thanksgiving… a time when we are going thanks. But it doesn’t have to be Thanksgiving to give thanks. I need to, every day, be thankful for what I have. What about you?
Remember what the Lord said; “Make thankfulness your sacrifice to God.”
“I had the blues because I had no shoes,
Till on the street I met a man who had no feet.”
Today and going forward; let’s be thankful for what we have and stop focusing on what we don’t have.