According to an article in the UK based "Daily Mail", Monday is Blue Monday — the unhappiest day of the year. It says, "Unpaid Christmas bills, nasty weather, and failed New Year's resolutions combine to make January 25 the gloomiest in the calendar." 

Maybe you're feeling it. Every now and then reality has a way of catching up with us, reminding us just how 'not-right' everything is. Bad news hits even harder, goals seem even more unreachable, progress seems even more elusive. 

I don't know about you, but "Blue Monday" isn't limited to Monday for me, or even January. There are times when I look at the effort I'm investing and the results I'm getting -- and I cringe at the disparity.  

These days are wake up calls. Sometimes it's a call to do something differently—to eliminate excess and/or increase my efforts. Most often, it's a call to reaffirm my faith in the promises of God.  

Paul wrote, "Therefore, dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain." (1 Corinthians 15:58)
We all go through days, or even seasons, when things don't seem to work in our favor. What to do? Revisit Square-One. Reaffirm the direction that God has set for you, and stay on that path. Your labor is not in vain.


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