It would do well for all of us to add value to what God has already done in, and through our lives. To give thanks for the many ways He uplifted our spirits when we were going to throw in the white towel. To acknowledge the small, and also large blessings that at times He sends our way - that enables us to smile.
So many of us do not need the help of others to reside underneath our “downcast” clouds. We are experts in quickly finding a way to disqualify ourselves while forgetting all our net worth and advances. Unfortunately, you and I don’t have to look very far to find that in, and of ourselves we may at times suffer from self-degradation.
Whether it be masked by false humility, self-condemnation, victimization, or a simple self “pity-party” we must remember to intentionally shake off the emotional cobwebs, and allow ourselves to view ourselves through the loving lens of our creator. King David the Psalmist wrote in Psalms 139 “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
So, the next time we find ourselves struggling with the temptation of sitting downcast - remember to learn how to smile, and sing along to that 1970’s classic:
“I’ve got sunshine on a cloudy day when it's cold outside I've got the month of....”:) Don’t be downcast!
5Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior, and my God.