Did You Take Your Happy Pill?

“Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good! And evening passed and morning came, marking the sixth day.”
‭‭Genesis‬ ‭1:31‬ ‭

Ok.

We need to talk.

Let’s discuss seratonin, shall we??

You know – that chemical material that gets released at times in your body. It travels through neurons and lifts your spirits, increases mood stability, and just plain makes you feel pleased with yourself.

Most of it, oddly enough, actually lives in your gut, not your brain. It helps regulate your digestion and keeps things moving along nicely. It also promotes good bone density and aids sexual function.

Intriguing, no?

You can increase your seratonin levels by eating the right foods, getting out in the sunlight, and exercising. But your body can also get a fresh dose by doing what God did when He finished His creating work.

Notice that He ‘looked over all He made…’. He finished His work. He paused. He took time to assess what He had done, and literally stopped to smell the roses.

He saw that it was very good…

I bet His mood was joyful! I bet He had that pleased-as-punch look on His face as He took in the glory of a perfectly contained, balanced ecosystem with no disease, no dysfunction, no decay.

What a rush.

The wild thing is, since we have been created in the image of God, we too have the capacity for deep joy and satisfaction as we survey the work of our hands.

We should be getting a nice hit of seratonin at work, realizing the good job we have done, a natural ‘pick-me-up’, a God-gift.

What’s that?

No burst of joy? No pleasant sense of fulfillment and pleasure?

Oh, that’s right.

We live on the other side of the curse – where work is called work because elements of it are hard due to our fallen state. Things don’t always go according to plan. There are frustrations and failings and disappointments.

Oh, do I get that.

Trust me.

But what if you learned to see your work differently?

What if you learned to step back and observe the GOOD that you did today?

See, I’ve spent so much time judging my work by what went wrong that I’ve built a nasty habit of ONLY looking at what didn’t go the way I wanted it to. 97% of the day could have been awesome, but that 3% sticks in my craw and blocks the seratonin from flowing freely.

Here’s the thing.

God designed me to get a hit of that ‘happy pill’ as I perform my duties. As I work and learn to do all I do in His service and for His sake, one of the rewards is for me to notice, appreciate, and enjoy the good work I have done.

Release the seratonin!

Are you taking the time to call out the good you are doing? Are you noticing where your strengths are, where you have made some progress in some challenges, or where you have been able to create something beautiful for someone in your day?

If not, you may be blocking a lovely shot of seratonin, and short-circuiting one of God’s good gifts.

Learn to properly value the work that you do with me??

Father, You felt joyful when You saw that You had done good work, and You offer that to us, too! Open our eyes to the positive things we are able to do, and teach us to appreciate and value our skills and talents as we ought. Increase our joy as we work! Amen.

Published by melodylowes

I am actually a bit of a mess. But in the mess, I’m finding security in knowing I am chosen, I am forgiven, and I matter. After uncovering a history of abuse in my past, I have done a lot of healing - and writing is one way I can invite you deeper into your own healing journey! I write devotionals about the complicated thing called life at growing-in-grace.ca, and my poetry is stashed at melodylowes.com. Pull up a chair and a coffee or tea and let's grow together!

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