Have you ever had one of those weeks that you wish you could just erase? Seriously, like it was so bad that, if you had a time machine, you’d go back, erase it all, and just start over? I can honestly say that typically, I’m not one of those people who sits around dwelling on the past. I try not to beat myself up thinking about the would’ve, could’ve, or the should’ve beens. But I gotta tell y’all, this past week has kicked my butt. I’m mentally, spiritually, and physically drained. I’m terrified that I’m showing symptoms of Billy Syndrome, most commonly called BS!
Symptoms of BS include, but are not limited to, constant complaining about how bad the world is/has gotten. Wondering (not to one’s self, but out loud so that everyone can hear) why Jesus hasn’t come back yet. Asking others the rhetorical question (after stating how how miserable they are) “I wonder why God just doesn’t take me on home?” Never seeing good in any situation. Perpetually remaining in a woe is me state of mind.
BS is very real, and can strike at any age. However, the highest percentage of people diagnosed with this debilitating syndrome are women over 40 who have grown children who don’t act right. A small percentage of men over 40 have been diagnosed with BS. However, those diagnoses are typically found in men who have been diagnosed with lower testosterone levels that have been left untreated.
Should you notice any signs of BS, contact your pastor, small group leader, or a more spiritually mature friend, and begin a regimen of prayer, reading the bible, being thankful for at least one thing a day, and fasting, if necessary. BS is contagious, so do not spread this to others. Seek help immediately!
Y’all, please help me, and others who suffer from BS, to stamp out this awful disease. Pray for each other. Place yourself in a community of people who encourage you. Read God’s word. And most importantly, remember that worrying about things we can’t control simply means that we don’t trust God to handle our situation. When we try to handle things on our own, we’re basically saying that we think we are more powerful than the God who created us, and if that’s not arrogant and, for lack of a better word, stupid, I’m not sure what is! When we find ourselves in a horrible situation, with our backs against the wall, and seemingly no end in sight, we need to remember that we’re not doomed! We’re just set up for a miracle!
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and He will make your path straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
he Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him, and he helps me. I am very happy, and I praise him with my song. Psalm 28:7