The Doldrum Days

Have you been feeling incredibly tired, worn-out, listless, or despondent?  If so,  you may have a case of the doldrums.

In case you do not know, the Doldrums are regions of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans that are in close proximity to the equator, and they are areas that have little if  any wind. When sailors actually depended on their sails to catch the wind and propel them across the water, the windless doldrums could be a problem.

The phrase “in the doldrums” was not created to describe this  wind-challenged region of the oceans. The word was originally used to describe someone who was listless, dull or sluggish.

When there was no wind, all the sailors could do was wait and drift with the current.  When we are faced with the doldrums, what can we do?  The life of Gideon answers this question.  Here are the steps he took to change his course in life (Judges 6):

  1. He was honest and admitted his spiritual lows.
  2. He set the goal of achieving spiritual heights .
  3. He flexed the muscle of faith and let God lead him from the pit to the pinnacle.

Even though Gideon was living the life of a coward, God saw the potential in him and called him a mighty man of valor.  When God looks at you, He sees the potential within you.

Here’s a thought to keep you thinking.  What you are should never limit what you can become.

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