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A cure for the after-Christmas Blues

Friday, January 11, 2013

Most of us get the after-Christmas blues. The holidays are over, the bills are due, the vacation time is usually spent, and we have the cold winter to look forward to.

If we viewed life just from this world's narrow perspective, of course we should get depressed. That is why the Bible calls us to see things from God's perspective. In John 4:36 Jesus says, "Even now the reaper draws his wages, even now he harvests the crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together."

Imagine for a second the great joy of a farmer that brings in the largest, biggest yield ever seen, and on a field that he shares with his best friend who did the planting. The yields are so big there is plenty to share; all you have to do is keep harvesting on this giant acreage and you are set for life.

What would the farmer do? Does he waste his time? Does he say I don't want to go into the field? Or does he harvest as soon as he can, as long as he can, and work as hard as he can, rejoicing all the time because he is bringing in so much fruit.

The same principle is true when we focus on God's field or work. God has prepared a great many people that need help and need to know God. There are people all around you that need encouragement and strength. God has already planted this field and wants you to have the great joy of sharing in the harvest; you just need to do it.

Find or call a friend who needs encouragement, take them out for coffee and tell them about the love and forgiveness of Jesus. Go volunteer at your church, or the Dream Center, or give something to charity. Whatever it is, give yourself to the eternal things that last and you will find that you are less self-centered and more God centered, rejoicing in the things that give joy to God and finding yourself less focused on the things that bring you down.

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