Outa Sorts

You know the feeling! You’re not sick but you don’t really feel good. You’re not depressed but you’re not really in a happy place. Yep, you’re “outa sorts” (out of sorts) and you feel blah. Outa sorts is something akin to stale bread or constipation.

I hate being outa sorts because you don’t have any real excuses but you’re not in the mood to do what you need to do. If you are sick, you can take a sick day but if you’re just outa sorts you need to at least go through the motions.

This year has been an outa sorts year. I have had friends who suffered alone, and some died alone; I was outa sorts because I couldn’t do anything but pray. Prayer is important but I’m accustomed to doing something while I’m praying or praying before I do something. The “something” left undone left me outa sorts.

Most everyone’s lifestyle has been curtailed, postponed, or prohibited this year by sensible health measures or outa sort politicians. Most of us are more than ready to get on with living in our old normal. Until we get there, here are a few things that might help.

Five Things to Do When You Are Outa Sorts

Keep Living – Don’t give in to doing nothing, do something. Get up, take a bath, put on fresh clothes, and look like you are alive.

Learn Something New – Challenge yourself to learn a new skill and it will excite your living juices that will stop you from slowly dying.

Dive Deep Spiritually – Pray more, study the Bible more, and worship more fervently. If you wait until you feel like it, you may not do it.

Do What You Can Do – If you can’t visit your friend in the hospital, call them. If you can’t travel, then prepare for your next trip. Do something related to what you miss doing, to enhance your next step. Bless those who are stuck with you, do something nice for your family.

Reward Yourself – Chill out, take a nap, sit under a tree, slowly drink a second cup of coffee—whatever it is that brings a momentary pleasure to your day. Life is a treasure that comes in gold dust not big nuggets.

The sun is more than likely to rise tomorrow morning. The things you worry about today, will probably not happen tomorrow. You have more to smile about than to frown. The same Jesus that brought you to this day, will be with you to your last and beyond.

“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’/ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things./ But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you./ Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” (Words of Jesus Christ, Matthew 6:31-34 NKJV)

Yours on the Journey,

Harry L. Whitt

Pathway Outreach Ministries

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