Monday, January 20 was “Blue Monday,” infamous for being the most depressing day of the year. Whether this is actually based on real scientific evidence, or whether it’s simply a claim that has gained acceptance through repetition, for those of us in northern regions, January can be pretty bleak.
In the Edmonton region, we have just come through an extended cold snap. While it shouldn’t catch us by surprise (we experience -30C temperatures 3 days each year on average), when it arrives we never seem prepared. Couple these temperatures with the short amount of daylight and long, dark nights as well as mounting bills from the Christmas season…
Is it any wonder we have the blues?
I periodically get the blues and have wrestled with some clinical depression in my life. In those times I have seen counselors have received medical care, and I have people I can call on. Thankfully, through the years I’ve built a network of guys that I trust and that have my best interest in mind. They encourage me, and sometimes all I need is to have a listening ear and some godly wisdom to clear up the fog I’m experiencing.
Made to Reach Out
Humans were made for social engagement. God himself is triune, Father, Son, and Spirit in perfect harmony and relationship. In the New Testament, the words “one another” are used one hundred times in 94 verses.
Ephesians 4:32 “Be kind, tender-hearted, and forgiving to one another.”
Galatians 6:2 “Bear one another’s burdens.”
James 5:16 “Pray for one another.”
We were created to reach out to one another. From infancy, we learn basic movements such as pulling, grasping and reaching in an effort to bring objects, and people closer to us. Unfortunately, now we frequently grasp our phones but don’t reach out and bring people closer when we are in need. We are more isolated from one another in our digitally connected age.
And the effects are scary.
Healthy Relationships are Worth the Effort
Long before Bell came up with the awesome “Let’s Talk” campaign, followers of Jesus were encouraged to meet together and help one another live healthy and whole lives. But healthy relationships aren’t built overnight, and they take some effort.
If you are looking for ways to connect, consider these options:
Eat Like a Wildman-Jan 27, 6:00pm. Guys are notorious for bottling up and for keeping to themselves. Men, come out to eat some wild meat and hear some great stories. Guaranteed you will meet someone and start up a conversation that just might lead to a lifelong friendship. Sign up here: np.church/men
Same Page Initiative-Feb 23-Mar 29-We are encouraging small groups to form to meet and study the topic “Life-Changing Prayer.” Not only will you meet people, but you will also learn how to have a deeper relationship with Jesus. What a deal! Sign up here: np.church/groups
Let me encourage you that you are not alone. Whatever you are going through, there are others who are going through it as well, or who have gone through it. They can be guides to get you through your tough spot. So reach out. Ask for help. Go to a counselor. And go to God. He shouldn’t be our last resort, but our first call.