How Was Your Blue Monday?

Presumably, yesterday was Blue Monday and not just for fans of the New Orleans Saints.

Yesterday is called “Blue Monday” for the following factors:

Yesterday is one of the coldest, most miserable weather days of the year.

Days are short in January and there’s not much daylight.

We’re beginning to have to pay our Christmas bills, and . . .

We’ve already given up on our New Years Resolutions.

In addition to that, there are all of us Saints fans who are mourning a terrible no-call that cost the team a Super Bowl.

How do you deal with this Monday and any other day where we experience difficulty?

First, look around and take a serious and significant look at the world and your life. All you have to do is look around. You and I have so many blessings.

Years ago, Martha and I seriously started a list of our blessings. We took out a yellow legal pad and starting writing. It didn’t last long. Not because it was short but because it was too long. It simply couldn’t be done.

I have a younger friend who loves football and like all of us has a favorite team. After a painful loss, he said, “I had to readjust my life and look at my blessings.” He continued, “I had to recognize I have a wonderful wife, healthy kids, and a good job. I have a lot to be thankful for.”

So do we all. We need to emphasize our blessings and minimize our blues.

Second, find someone to bless. This is always significant in combatting the blues. When we give ourselves for the needs of others, we are always blessed.

Third, read Scripture and spend time in prayer. I usually turn to Paul’s letter to the Philippians: “Don’t be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus’ (Philippians 4:6-7).

Finally, live in your blessings instead of your disappointments. Paul also said, “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,  I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13-14).

Have a good today!


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