The beetle curl

9360260-woman-smiling-showing-yellow-flowers-isolated-on-white-background-beautiful-fresh-young-mixed-race-aMy friend goes into a beetle curl. A search engine optimization genius, he nonetheless has not met with financial success — yet. There are so many things he could do to promote his business that he doesn’t know which to do. Failure has hounded him. Worse of all, it hounds him in his mind. Depression descends on him, and he gets in bed, unable to move.

Pic from Pinterest

Pic from Pinterest

Pic Naokihan

Pic Naokihan

Yeah, I know exactly what he’s going through. I WAS a successful missionary. Not anymore. Now I can’t seem to hit the mark here in the United States. After 16 years of being out of the country, it would appear I am defunct. Sometimes, I just want to go into the beetle curl.

From Pinterest

From Pinterest

Here’s the lessons if you ever  feel like that:

1) Keep doing right things, even though everything screams to you that it’s not working.

2) Find someone who can speak encouragement to you. Shut out negativity.

rockettopad3) Confess positive words over yourself. Believe in yourself. (You might as well do it; no one else will do that in this pernicious world.) Proverbs 18:21 says: Death and life are in the power of the tongue. What you say about you becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy..

From Laurie Coombs

From Laurie Coombs

4) Drink coffee! No joking! Eat balanced diet. Exercise. Let sunlight in. Read uplifting material. Listen to uplifting music. Watch inspiring movies. Etc.

5) When all else fails, go ahead and go into the beetle curl. Sleep a bunch. Things will look better after rest!

27 responses to “The beetle curl

  1. Wanna come and work in my office? You give really good advice 🙂

  2. You are an inspiration. Thank God we can’t live by our emotions because they give us quite a ride. Rest does work wonders for a new perspective.

  3. I’ve always wondered, where do all those lanterns end up?

  4. I’ve done the beetle curl a few times in my life. It helps. 🙂

  5. You wrote a great line yesterday. “We might be helpless but we are never hopeless”. With God all things are possible. Be encouraged. Nothing remains as is forever. It has to change some time. “This too shall pass”.

  6. Love this! Great advice. Thanks for sharing some uplifting words! 🙂

  7. Didn’t Elijah beetle curl after the defeat of the prophets of Baal?
    Wonderful advice Pastor. And it is true that a cup of coffee a day is good for you. I think a great way to keep one’s focus positive is to stay away from network news. Why come home from a hard day’s work and watch an unending stream of disaster and useless controversy that is out of our control?

    • Did you know I used to be a journalist? So I know exactly what you’re talking about. Bad news sells papers. The journalist becomes cynical. If you want the good news, you really have to go to the Good News!

      • Go for a 30-60 min walk every day is the best way to clear your mind & stay in tune with God. When I walk I pray & sing praises to our King of Kings for prayer always not sometimes brings the victory! That doesn’t mean I’m always rightminded, just always needing to walk!!! Just a little talk with Jesus, tell Him all about your problems, He will hear you by & by, He will answer by & by. Get a little prayer wheel turning, know a little fire is burning, just a little Talk with Jesus makes it so.

    • Hey, Robert! In my last batle with the atheists, you didn’t come out to my defense again. I had a new guy, Bungle, who assailed furiously. Maybe you didn’t see it…

      • No! I missed the discussion. I was really sick over the holidays and was off the computer for a solid week. I’ll have to go back through your posts and check it out. Good to be back and reading MustardSeed. 🙂

        • Thanks! Yeah, you missed it. I thought you were mad at me cuz I pick a fight and expect you to finish it off! But oh well, I try to say something to make the atheists think and then I let them go on and on with their rants and try to make friends with them. But I see you are very good and tactful with nitty gritty details. More to come!

  8. I am familiar with this feeling of “what if it isn’t working” but I tell myself the TRUTH: God has given this vision of mission to me specifically eqipping me to carry it out not knowing the path. I must follow one step of faith at a time or I am not fully in it to win it.

  9. I had to smile at your last line – go ahead and do the beetle curl if all else fails – I have a similar saying – it’s taking hippo time to wallow in the unhelpful feelings – as long as you know that’s what you’re doing and that it’s only temporary it’s OK

  10. I’m enjoying your posts, and you have good advice in this post. I had never heard of the beetle curl, but I’ve done it more than a few times!

    Two lines jumped out at me in this post. You said you were a successful missionary but not anymore. Consider this – this blog is missionary work. People are reading this blog. I’m guessing you get new followers all the time. Sometimes we just don’t know exactly how our words have helped someone – maybe it lifted their spirit, gave them encouragement to continue, inspired them to be a better person, pray. Maybe they didn’t tell you, but you helped them. That’s success.

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