In a world where we have technology and the ability to stay in closer communication than ever before, it seems we actually are more alone than ever before. Social media gives us a false sense of connection. It gives us the perception that people all around us are living wild and free or the “good life” with little to no effort at all. All the while you are drowning in darkness, despair, a pain you can’t even begin to explain. And if you even tried to explain it to your spouse, or loved ones, they think you are crazy or weak. You feel numb. You feel that you are all alone struggling to breathe, much less function in every day life. You have been silently suffering in a pit of despair and agony. No one seems to notice you, your pain, much less truly care. You feel as though there is no purpose for you in this life. You feel as though this world would be better off without you.
Please do not believe those lies any more!
If you are considering ending your life, please don’t!
God loves you! There are others that love you!
And I love you and I am praying for you…and we haven’t even met yet!
Please call 911 if you are considering suicide. Please call your doctor. Or please try Lifeline – it is free, it is anonymous. You can either call them at 1-800-273-8255 or go to their website and chat with a skilled, trained crisis worker.
For a lot of us dealing with depression, social media can all too easily become our “way of living”…and with that can actually come a greater feeling of loneliness, misperceptions and false sense of living, that leads to an emptiness for that deep longing in our soul!
“In the beginning,” God created us in His image – Genesis 1:26-31. We were told to “be fruitful and multiply“. In Genesis 2 we see more details surrounding when God created man from the dust of the ground. Yet still, with all God had created, “there was no helper comparable for man.” So God created another human being, “It is not good for man to be alone,” Genesis 2:18. God never meant for man to be alone on earth so He gave us companionship in family and friends. But there’s still something He gave us that is far superior to even those…He gave us HIMSELF!
We live in a time where technology has increased our ability to develop new friends! Yet so many of us have lost the skillset of genuine relationships along the way. It is all too easy to hide behind our screen, create an image we want to be seen as and live vicariously through everyday life… until the emptiness is too overwhelming to go on any more, until reality shakes us to our core, until the emptiness is all we feel.
What is even worse, is that we live in a time where we expect a “pill” or quick fix for everything…even depression. Let me tell you a little secret…after personally dealing with depression for over 30 years, there is only one way to live above and beyond the depression that seeks to “steal, kill and destroy” your life and that is by Jesus Christ alone!
God created us to have a relationship with HIM! How does one go about having a relationship with the Creator of the world? We are told in the Bible,
“So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world. Let there be tears for what you have done. Let there be sorrow and deep grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter and gloom instead of joy. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up in honor.”
How different would our lives look if we truly did this…if we truly came to God in this manner…if we truly realized how the Creator of the world longs to be in relationship with us! So much so that He, knowing all things, still sent His one and only Son to pay the penalty for our sins, past, present and future, so we could have the opportunity to be in a relationship with HIM! He loves us THAT MUCH! I don’t know about you, but I don’t know anyone else that’s ever proved they loved me that much! ONLY GOD!
So you might be asking yourself, that’s all well and good, but how is that supposed to fix my depression? The answer my friend is so simple, that it’s hard to believe…and even harder to just do!
SURRENDER….yes, surrender! Stop trying to do life on your own! Stop living your way, cause obviously it hasn’t gotten you where you want to go or you would not be here in the midst of depression. Or perhaps you feel as though you have lived a good, honest life and you do not deserve what life has thrown at you. Regardless of how you have found yourself in the midst, the mire of depression…I promise you this, there is nothing so sweet as when you decide to surrender to God your all and choose to live life His way. Even with chronic health problems, chronic pain and clinical depression, I can honestly say life is still better after having surrendered to God and choosing to live His way each day.
If you would like more information on how to go about living a life surrendered to God, I would love to talk with you more!
Join Us Each Thursday Evening at 6:30pm CST. We meet in the House of HOPE Building at Hilldale Baptist Church located at 113 Maxwell Drive in Clarksville Tennessee. Together we can fight the battle against depression!