My recent note to the good people at New City Church:
As the winter months drag on, I often find myself feeling down in the dumps. The reality is that we are all complex beings whose makeup is physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.
When the days are dark, wet and cold, I know that the physical pressures on my body impact my emotional, mental and even spiritual well being. But I also know that I am not a slave to my physical body. You and I can step into the physical challenges we have and make choices which impact our emotional and spiritual state.
Paul encourages us in 1 Corinthians 9:26-27 discipline our bodies so we can be used by the Lord. “So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control.”
For me this means taking a few extra steps in the winter:
- Going for a walk in the park especially on days when the sun is out
- Doing press-ups and other exercises in my sitting room
- Increasing my reading since I’m not outside as much
- Since I’m drinking more tea, making sure some of it is herbal tea without sugar
For some of us, “down in the dumps” becomes a serious issue needing medical attention. My grandfather, who was a Bible teacher, struggled with depression for much of his adult life. (Here’s a message he gave on depression) Please don’t seek to walk through the dark days alone.
God has placed us together as a family at New City for the expressed purpose of supporting each other. Please let me or someone else at New City know your struggles, so we can encourage and pray for you in your battles.
The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. (Numbers 6:24-26)
Grace and peace,