Monday, September 25, 2006

Daily Struggle

Have you ever woke up and not felt excited about the day? I know that this happens to me every so often. Why is it that I'm not excited about the day? Maybe it is because I have a very busy day. Maybe it is because I have a lot of physical work to do. Maybe it is because I'm tired. Maybe it is because there are problems in my life. There are many reasons that I feel unexcited about my life. So what are we to do about these feelings? Ignore them? Let them be victorious over us? The Bible tells us in Ephesians 2:10- "For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." God has good works for us to do. I know that when I am feeling down about life, it is difficult for me to do good works. I tend to be lazier and unmotivated. So what are we to do to help us get out of this funk and do the good works God has for us? I believe the answer is to get my mind off of myself, my tiredness, my frustration, my busy schedule, and see what I can do for someone else. There are many others who have troubles like you and me, and who could use a helping hand. I have seen it in my life, time and time again, that when I take my eyes off of myself and put them onto others, then I am uplifted by the good that I have done. The apostle Paul said it this way in Philippians 2:4- "Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others." It is amazing how my life perspective changes when I focus on other people and other things. I receive a boost of energy. I feel that I have purpose. I am reminded that my life can make a difference. Now does this work every time? No. There are still times when I am down, or when I don't get much done. But I do know that living for something other than my own needs and desires makes a huge difference in having a great and blessed life. I hope you can discover this blessing as well. Tell me what you think.