Sometimes, for instance after a holiday or celebration of some kind, we may suffer the “blues” for no apparent reason. We start to feel a little wobbly around the edges, maybe feeling useless or discontent or under-appreciated or lonely or overworked. Maybe it has been a little too gray outside for a little too long. Whatever the reason, we may start to droop. But we can’t let the blues succeed in getting us down. Overcoming the blues requires some exertion on our part because if we do nothing, the blues will follow us around. We can either feed the feeling, by enjoying it and indulging it (along with a little self-pity as well), or we can starve it by changing the subject. Scripture backs up the latter.
Philippians 4:8 gives us some subjects to mediate on: anything that is noble, just, pure, lovely, good, virtuous, or praiseworthy. What sorts of things fall in this category? God Himself is a good subject for our meditations. What is He like? What has He done? What has He promised? Then consider all your blessings from His hand. Itemize the good things God has done for you. Before you were born, He brought you into being. That’s a good place to begin.
When we change the subject, the blues will eventually give up and disappear. But even if they stick around for a while, ignore them. Don’t give them power over you. You belong to Jesus. And even if the gray clouds are hanging low, there is still a bright blue sky behind them. Meditate on that.
Children need to learn this early on. Show them how to be cheerful when they have long faces. Teach them to count their blessings. Do something productive inside if it’s too cold to go outside. Play some cheerful music and bake some cookies. Some of our spiritual troubles are just creature troubles. And if we get the hang of dealing with the blues, we will be ready for action when we have real troubles.