Blah! A word used to refer to something that is boring or without meaningful content. Sometimes it is used to substitute for actual words in contexts where they are felt to be too tedious or lengthy to give in full. The word can also be used to express the feeling of being bored, tired, or disinterested in life. Hopefully, these thoughts don’t fall into either of the first two meanings, because what I want to talk about is the third meaning, when the word expresses a feeling.
I don’t know about you, but there are times when I feel “blah”. I am not talking about a deep depression—just a feeling of gray. Sometimes, I would almost say it is as if I have gone into some sort of emotional hibernation. Blah can lead to an emotional and spiritual rut. I would even say that blah can lead to a slight decline in health. For me blah comes on when I get tied into too much of the mundane…work, sleep, eat, clean, laundry, work, commute, cook, dishes, bills, sleep, work, and on, and on, and on. It’s like getting stuck in some compact snow; you soon your wheels and all that happens is the rut get’s more defined and slicker. Life has a way of doing this. Worse my default ways of coping only make the blahs harder to get out of. Just like pressing more on the gas only serve to make make the rut you’re stuck in more defined and slick—watching TV, procrastinating, overeating, and disengaging makes thing worse.
So, what works? Turn off the TV and get up from the table. Force yourself to accomplish something. Force yourself to be social. Help someone else. Write someone else an encouragement note. Go workout or take a walk—better yet, workout or walk with someone else! Read something inspiring. Pray, not to yourself while sitting or lounging—pray out loud, standing up, with your hands to the sky (if you want—do this in your closet). It sounds weird but if you can make yourself do this for a couple of minutes at a time and a couple of times a day you will be surprised about how much it changes you.
In the end the blah’s are the result of mundane, self-focus. Blah’s occur when we focus on what’s not going on in us and fail to focus on what is going on around us because of God. Remember the old saying, “what consumes your mind controls your life”. Let God, His ways, His work, His love consume your mind! For more encouragement try reading these scriptures out loud and with enthusiasm: Job 19:25, Job 33:28, Jeremiah 29:13, John 17:3, Jeremiah 24:7, Isaiah 26:3, Psalm 112:7, Psalm 57:7, Colossians 3:1, Philippians 3:13-14, Jonah 2:7, Philippians 4:13.
Share with me your thoughts, Glenn