I have life pretty good and am very thankful for all of the gifts God has given me. I have a wonderful family, home, church and more importantly, a God who loves me infinitely. I am so thankful for all of the blessings Christ continually and undeservedly pours upon me. The grace of God is incredibly evident all around and within me! I am saved from being an enemy of God! Saved from the power and eternal consequence of my sins! Even if my life was a complete mess this latter blessing is enough to for me to say, “God is good!” So, the holidays for me are a blessed time to enjoy all God has given me. But, for many, harsh life circumstances have brought on the “Holiday Blues.” How can we help those around us who are struggling with the “Holiday Blues?”
Life can be hard even for the most blessed among us. We all have hard days and tough nights. We all have moments when life doesn’t go the way we hope it would and in these moments we can feel “down” or even depressed. My depression often times comes out in a grumpy disposition and I hate this about myself. It’s just a part of who I am; a part of my personality that needs the sanctifying power of Christ!!! But isn’t it wonderful to have the hope and assurance that God is working to perfect us! He is working to make those rough spots smooth. And that is a promise I hold to on days when I am a “Grumpy punk.”
If you are having a hard time this holiday season because things aren’t going just as you hoped, remember this life is not the end of the story and nothing ever stays as it is. We all experience rough spots, moments of hurt and even depression. Look to Christ and rejoice! Again and again rehearse the joy we have in the promise that God, through Christ, has saved us and is in the process of perfecting us. Someday we will live as His perfect people in a perfect creation surrounded by Christ and other perfected people! We shall one day “Behold Jesus” and enjoy the perfection of His work upon us. In the meantime if you are one who is struggling with the “Holiday Blues” I would suggest prayer, big faith, healthy eating, plenty of sleep, exercise and the recommendations listed in the article linked below:
God is good! All the time! God is good!