September Mayonnaise Malaise

ma·laise

məˈlāz/

noun

1. a general feeling of discomfort, illness, or uneasiness whose exact cause is difficult to identify.”a society afflicted by a deep cultural malaise”

synonyms:

unhappiness, uneasiness, unease, discomfort, melancholy, depression, despondency, dejection, angst, ennui;

That’s where I am. Malaise.

The words sounds like and the mood feels like mayonnaise.

Big white blob of bland.

I am continuing my journey as a Christian but my life feels like a blob of mayonnaise.

I read something that encouraged me.

“21. Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all God’s holy people in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers and deacons: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

Mary and I just got back from vacationing in Scotland, England and Northern Ireland. My malaise could just be jet lag or exhaustion but I feel this way almost every year at the end of August and beginning of September. September is the Thursday of months, a transition, not beginning, middle or end. All the expectations I’ve had for my life during the summer go through the September check off point, and i have to say to the stuff I didn’t get done, “well maybe next year”. Malaise.

But here is the good news, when Paul talks to any group of believers he uses the word “all”. No matter what kind of funk I’m in, the grace and peace that comes from God our father through Jesus Christ his son, also flows to me. I may be disappointed in myself or in life or whatever but God is still pouring his his love and mercy into me and over me and through me. And the best news of this passage is that he will not give up on me and his work in me. No matter how thick the malaise mayonnaise is, no matter what the season is, God is continuing his work in my life.

I don’t deserve it, I never can and I never will, but God will not ever quit me or quit on me.

All believers are covered in this promise, God will continue working on us and in us and through us till we see Jesus, either by our death or his return.

Let us be encouraged together.

For those reading this who are not yet believers, it’s simple to join us, if you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that he rose from the dead, you will be saved.

“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.”

Romans 10:9-11

Become one of the “all” and be covered by God’s grace found in Jesus’ substitutionary death and share in his resurrection power.

Author: Peterloeffelbein

I am a man. I am an older man. I am a husband and a dad and a grandpa. I am a disciple of Jesus. Because I am a disciple of Jesus much of what I write is about him, and I usually end what I write with a question, do you the reader know that Jesus loves you? He does. He loves us all but he loves you specifically. He loves me specifically. What will you do with that information today?