Spending the Day with the Blahs

By Jerry Ousley

If you're like me occasionally you'll get up not feeling like facing the day. You don't really feel sick but something has just got you weighed down. I had a day like that recently. I wasn't discouraged in the Lord and as mentioned before I wasn't sick. I just didn't feel like facing the day. It didn't keep me from going to work although I have to confess that my whole heart wasn't in what I was doing. Still we pressed forward.

"The Blahs" is a layman's medical term and it may be linked with a mild depression. It isn't a serious condition unless it continues for a long period of time. It can be triggered by a number of things including a fight with your spouse, trouble with children, trouble on the job, or being too close on money. But this mild, brief case is completely curable. For instance, my day of the blahs was cured by a couple of over the counter pain killers before bed followed by a wonderful night's sleep. The next morning I felt like going out and conquering the world.

We all have days like that; we just wish we had stayed in bed or taken the day off. We can't explain what it is but it's there. It doesn't mean that we've lost our victory in Christ. We're still fighting battles, just not quite as hard as we were before. Life goes on (and on days like this it goes on and on and on). Our common enemy, the devil, would like to take advantage of our blah days attempting to make us believe that something is wrong with us spiritually. He will tell us that we aren't where we should be with the Lord, or that what we attempt to do for our God is useless and that He doesn't really care about us. He may even suggest to us that we've lost our salvation or that we weren't really saved to begin with. Our enemy is an opportunist. He will jump on any little thing he can to discourage and defeat us.

What we need to understand is that our victory in Christ, our labor in the Gospel and our relationship with Jesus Christ doesn't depend on how we feel. Even though a touch from the Master can affect our emotions in many ways our emotional response does not define our place or stance in the Body of Christ. In fact a surer sign of victory in Jesus is not marked by everything going our way or by the world's definition of success. It is actually found to be stronger in how we handle the everyday situations that include problems, tribulations and trials.

The next time you find yourself with a bad case of the blahs or caught in the middle of a situation that seems impossible just remember that Paul said, "Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ's sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong." (2 Corinthians 12:10). I call these great statements of faith "positive negatives." Paul was saying that when he endured these things that in his weakness he became strong, not because of himself but because of Christ in him. We can say the same thing. When we go through these things that tend to make us weak emotionally and sometimes physically we can be strong not because we are some kind of super-giant Christian but simply because of Christ in us. He becomes our strength. He alone is our victory in every circumstance. When we know this then we are armed with a weapon so mighty that the devil has to slink away and stop whispering all those accusations in our ears. It is a weapon that will get us through the blahs.

Jerry D. Ousley is the Author of three books, "Soul Challenge", "Soul Journey" and "Ordeal." Listen to our daily broadcast Spirit Bread. Find out more by visiting www.spiritbread.com or email us at jousley@spiritbread.com

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