As some may know, applying for jobs is about as much fun as sitting in traffic while listening to Nickelback. It sucks to have to do it occasionally, but when it’s every single day of your life, it can rip any positive vibe you had going for you right out of your chest.
Welcome to my current daily life.
I’d like to tell you that I am so closely connected to God that I know how to maintain constant positivity and happiness no matter what I face. The truth is that I get frustrated and majorly bummed out. I have streaks where nothing gets me down for weeks. Then I have days where I spend hours applying for jobs and it all looks so impossible for me.
Maybe you have your own version of what stresses you out and puts you off your day. It’s hard to bounce back when you stare at the impossible. Or when you are in the middle of another fight. Or when the car just broke again. Or when your friends bailed on you again. I don’t think any of us have enough time to list all the frustrations we can find in life.
I’ll tell you what I did this week.
I was job hunting and felt the stress coming on. It sent me into Bummer City. After a few minutes of sulking, I decided I was going to go for a walk. I had to leave for an appointment in about 15 minutes, though, so I only had a short time.
I just started walking and talking to God about everything that was in front of me that was hurting me. Venting all of my frustrations. All of my fears. Everything I thought was unfair. I didn’t try to sugarcoat it.
I knew I was short on time and needed to turn around to head back. I decided that as I turned around and walked back on the other side of the street that I would leave everything I had just said on the other side. I wouldn’t say another negative word.
On the walk back I just started to remind myself of what I have. I picked out all of the good. I gave God thanks for it. I thanked him for what He was going to do and what He was doing that I couldn’t see. I reminded myself of who I was through Christ and all the good in my life that I could look back on. I also reminded myself of times I had felt upset before and what good had come from it and after it.
After my 14-minute walk, I came back at peace. I think there’s something to this walk, too. I will be doing it again the next time I get weighed down.
I think both parts of the walk are important and that we should normally keep it to seven minutes there and back. Seven is the number of completion in the Bible, so that makes sense to me. I’d even time myself to make sure I stick to it. No more, no less.
I don’t think you should even just go right to the second part of the walk (the walk back). Firstly, because how can you walk back from somewhere you haven’t walked to? Duh. But I think it’s important to speak what you feel and get it out there. Be real with God. It’s biblical. Look up Lamentations 3.
The seven-minute walk back may at first sound like the easier, better part, but it can be hard. It’s hard to conjure up positive thoughts when you’re in Bummer City. But that’s why you have to make yourself do it. And once you start, it gets easier and easier, like a snowball rolling down a hill. Force yourself to speak the good and it’ll change you.
The 14-Minute Walk makes sense to me. It’s not a magical trip that may always have you whistling by the time you’re back from it, but I believe it can really help. And I believe that because if you look at Lamentations 3 again, that’s kind of what Jeremiah did. He listed his complaints, and then he “called to mind” what gave him hope.
I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me.
Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.