SHIFT OUR FOCUS TO AVOID DEPRESSION
I once knew a very successful district manager of a large insurance company. The insurance company was constantly having sales contests. At the end of these sales contests, the manager noticed, there seemed to always be a period of mental fatigue. A huge let down! Whether the sales contest was won or lost there was a period of depression.
We can deal with our successes and failures of life as the district manager dealt with his agents after a grueling sales contest, where, at the end of the contest, everyone was emotionally and physically drained.
If they lost the contest or did not make their sales quota or objective, this was a good chance to ask the following questions:
- Was my objective too high for my ability?
- It is depressing for objectives or expectations to be constantly too high.
- Since my objective was realistic, what can I learn to do different so I can meet my objectives in the future?
- What additional training will be needed?
- People will accept training and supervision to reach a realistic objective.
- They have to feel they can obtain the goal.
If they won the contest and made their sales quota or objective, the following questions were always asked:
- Was my objective too low for my ability?
- Objectives need to be high enough to be a challenge, otherwise we will not continue to grow toward our potential.
- A let down after a grueling contest is normal and natural.
- The wise manager will shift the focus to a new challenge.
- A wise manager will shift the focus from the immediate to the end result.
- The wise manager, after a successful sales contest, which was designed to be a short term shot in the arm, will shift the focus to how the results of this contest will help toward our final objective for the year or toward our long term objectives, promotions, retirement, etc.
- Pastors can shift the focus from a highly emotional, successful revival to the end result they wish to obtain. Reaching the lost, steady growth, making heaven and taking as many people with us as we can.
- There does not have to be the emotional let down following a highly emotional event. Refocus and keep our eyes on the prize.
SPIRITUAL CLEANSING IS GOOD FOR BOTH BODY AND SOUL
Matthew 6:6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
Psalms 36:9 For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.
Luke 6:45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh .
Spiritual cleansing, by confessing our sins to God in our closet of prayer, opens up the fountains of life for us. It allows light to shine in our dark places. This spiritual light will then shine through us to everyone we come into contact with. To help others is the best medicine for our own spirit and soul.
CARE AND CONTROL OF THE HUMAN TONGUE
More depression arises out of the times we did not control our tongue than any other reason. We cannot take a word back that is spoken in haste or anger. We need to control and care for our tongue with the same diligence we would care for and drive our luxury automobile if we were fortunate enough to have a luxury automobile. Some of us will just have to use our imagination on how we will care for our luxury automobile when we get one. All of us have a tongue that needs constant care.
CARE AND CONTROL OF THE HUMAN TONGUE AS COMPARED TO THE CARE AND CONTROL OF YOUR LUXURY AUTOMOBILE
A LUXURY AUTOMOBILE NEEDS A LOT OF CLEANING AND POLISH
Psalms 34:13 Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.
Job 27:4 My lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter deceit.
Psalms 5:9 For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulchre; they flatter with their tongue.
Psalms 52:2 Thy tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.