January is always a really hard month for me. Christmas is my favorite time of year, and when January hits, we have to wait 11 months for Christmas to come back. For the first few months of the year, there’s not a lot to look forward to and I tend to find myself in an emotional rut. I’m not always super outgoing or friendly, I start to get more critical of my husband and kids and I don’t work as hard at my job. All of this gets me down and hopeless and I start to fall into seasonal depression.
The other day, I was thinking about what God says about depression and hopelessness, and I remembered a verse in Philippians 4:8 that always jumps out at me. The verse says, “Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable, and right and pure, and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” It’s so easy when you get into these emotional ruts to just stay there and think about all the bad things and all the sadness in your life. But God asks us to fix our thoughts and our eyes on what is pure and noble, and true and worthy of praise. What things in your life can you start to look at in a good light? It’s so hard to have a positive attitude in months when it’s gross outside and there’s not much to look forward to. We have to remember, God really wants us to press forward and look at the good things we have going on, and to fix our thoughts so everything else will fall in line.
My challenge for you this week, is to come up with some things you can refocus your attention on that God gives you?