Reprise: repeat, recap, echo, return, do over or again.
Some things bear repeating.
I’d like to reprise a blog I wrote back in September 2013. Here it is:
It’s been said, “If you have a pulse, you’ve got issues.”
Sometimes those issues can get the best of us. For me over the years it has been clinical depression, porn addiction, and anger issues.
Here’s what I’ve learned when it comes to my issues: HALT
Hurt. Angry. Lonely. Tired.
When HALT happens I am more susceptible to letting my issues get the best of me.
So are you.
If we know when we are more prone to stumble maybe we will be less prone to stumble during those times when we are more prone to stumble. (Read that brain-twisting sentence again. It’s true.)
DEER is helpful.
When DEER happens I am less likely to have my issues trip me up. You could say that when HALT happens (or is happening) I’m best off if I get me some DEER.
Devotions. Exercise. Eating. Rest.
These things keep me healthy mentally and spiritually.
When I say devotions I’m not talking about some boring, impersonal, religious thing. Rather I’m talking about that rich and meaningful time with God that everyone has experienced at least once. (Maybe it was that moving Christmas Eve service when you were a kid or that time you really felt God’s presence on vacation in the mountains, or…) When I’m engaged in this daily, life is sweeter.
It will be for you too.
Exercise. When we move as humans (as opposed to going the way of the couch potato) good things happen. Scientists will talk about endorphins and such. I don’t know much about that. I do know however that when I am in a good rhythm and routine in regard to exercise I simply feel better.
You will too.
I love pizza. I love lasagna. I love them so much that I can single handedly eat enough of these ambrosiatic foods to feed an army (of course since I have eaten it all the army will have to go away hungry). Yet the truth is, I always feel kinda icky when I overeat. Although it is more difficult to eat well, balanced, and moderately, I feel freer and more alive when I do the harder thing.
You will too.
Here’s a fact: sleepy people are grumpy people. Here’s another fact: rest is good. Here’s a third fact: God rested on day 7 (to model what is good and right for us silly humans). So get some sleep. Take a nap. Go to bed a bit earlier. Or sleep in a bit later. Do less. Rest more. When I am rested I am a better person for all those around me.
You will be too.
Beware the HALT.
Embrace the DEER.