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Beat the Funk

I woke up with that feeling again.

You know the one, it’s the feeling of lethargy and angst against the entire world. You detest the sound of the alarm clock and even more, everything that follows for the next 14-16 hours before you can close out the world again.

Once again, the funk has you in its clenches and just won’t let go.

What is think funk feeling?

How does it come on, and, even more profound, what’s the secret to making it go away?

I wish I could answer those questions, but I do have a few things I do when the funky feeling starts eroding the positive vibe in my mind.

First, I give myself grace to feel the way I feel. I don’t know why it’s there and, while there are some times that you really must power through it regardless of what’s going on around you, there are other options you might have.

Grace is first. You need to give yourself grace to be broken for a minute. Maybe that’s all this is. It’s a temporary reality of the sin in the world around you and you just need a break from that.

Worship. If funk is the negative of your life, than backfill that with loads of worship. I find that parts of my funk can be chipped away and restored by moments of worship. Integrate these throughout your day. Maybe you can’t break away from the lifeless funk around you and you have no choice but to power through, well then fill a few moments with prayerful worship.

Philippians 4:6-7, Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Claim that promises in your prayerful, engaged worship and allow God to fill your funk with peace and patience.

Recently, I woke up with that funk around my neck and for hours, I literally felt a heaviness around me. I could not break it.
I found that I needed constant reminders from the Word of the Lord, words like Matthew 11:28-29,

Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

I needed those closest to me to help me walk through my feeling and not judge me for what I didn’t realize I was facing.
Crystal was there with me on one of those days recently. I tried my best to hide it from her what I was dealing with on the inside, but it was too obvious. I was wearing it on my face and she could tell.
Finally after several hours of just trying to change my perspective, I engaged in a conversation with her about purpose.

It’s amazing to me that the think that seems to want to rob you of productivity, the one thing that seems to help the most getting through it is purpose and productivity. All it took was some good food, good coffee and a good conversation with my best friend.

It’s the truest test study of what we try to champion the most—the reality that you cannot do life alone. Think about it, where would you be if you didn’t have someone there trying to help you through the tough parts of life?

Another reality we have to face is the question of those who are around us that are desperately trying to hide their funk. They don’t want to ruin your day with their dysFUNCtion. Next time you see someone trying to hide it, have some grace for them and help them power through their funk

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