Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

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May 16, 2014

Keith Wishum: What to do when you’re feeling flat

AMERICUS — Feeling down?

Several years ago, I was, too. I was having one of those days with far too much to do and not enough hours to do it. I keep falling farther behind, and the pressure built until my schedule swelled like an over-inflated tire.

That morning, it went flat. Not the schedule, the tire. I awoke to discover that a vagabond nail had found a home in a tire on my wife’s brand new van.

What a way to start the day! The usual morning rush would be worse than normal. The kids would be late for school. Of course, they didn’t really mind; it was the teacher/wife who was a little tense about it (Did I put that kindly, honey?) And, I had to change all my plans to change a tire.

After rushing them to school, I set to work to change the flat. I’d never used this jack before, so it took a while to figure out. Actually, it took a while just to find it! Then I discovered that Superman is working nights at the Chrysler factory. I can’t figure who else could have put the lug nuts on so tightly. And then, in the middle of one of the worst droughts in years, it rained on me!

What a day! As I started inside to clean up, another thought occurred to me, "What a jerk!" Not the guy who put the lug nuts on too tightly. Me!

Here I was complaining about taking the family to school when there were grieving parents who would have given anything to take their child to school one more time. I’m even blessed enough to have a second vehicle to drive. My kids have a good school to go to.

The jack was new to me because the van was, too. A new van is hardly reason to complain! And, who would want loose lug nuts? We really needed the rain, too. (Besides, I had to have a shower anyway!)

God says we should “Be joyful always; pray continually;” and “give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18). He wouldn’t tell us to do that unless it was possible. That means there is always something about our situation for which we can be thankful. Always!

Feeling flat? Look for the good. It’s there. Find it! Enjoy it! Let it pump you back up.

Keith Wishum is minister of  Williams Road Church of Christ, Americus.

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