"Walk By Faith, Not By Sight" 2 Corinthians 5:7
Often times, people have commented on their beliefs of what depression is. My ex-fiance told me once that he thought depression was a lame excuse for not having someone to make you happy in life (i.e. a spouse, girlfriend, boyfriend). I can attest to the fact that it is a real, very dark and difficult thing to deal with. However, despite the medications and therapy sessions, as well as other medical help that are provided to those who suffer from anxiety and/or depression, there is a greater help. Hope. David Staples talks about his struggle and this hope that has helped him. So, before you judge someone for being down in the dumps, please think of how you can give them hope. Love on them. Say a prayer for them. Surely, we have all been there at some point; some more than others. My entire family has suffered from severe depression, and it is not always easy to be around that. Sometimes its frustrating. I want to say, “Why can’t you just be happier?!” And that is not just referring to my family members, but to myself as well. Anxiety and depression are so closely linked that they are treated the same, in terms of medication. Anxiety can lead to feelings of depression. I worry so much that there will be certain outcomes or consequences that I get upset or down about a situation. I feel lost; trapped in a cage, with the key forgotten. The world becomes a dark, dark place; a place where the voices that David talks about become almost like friends to you, but not the type of friends you should be proud of, but rather the type that break you down and judge you for how you act, dress, think, or are. You might be thinking: Wait, Shannon, those don’t really sound like friends. Exactly my point. We have all had friends, though, in our life, that have finally shown their true colors by acting such ways. Can you imagine a world where that is all you have? That’s what those voices are like. I think that some of the greatest hope that I have though, is that this world is only temporary. 2 Corinthians 4:18 tells us, “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” As Christians, we have a hope of a better tomorrow. I’m not talking about today being Wednesday and tomorrow Thursday. I’m talking about God’s time. Today, we are in a world of hate, judgement, and despair. But, we know we are guaranteed a spot in heaven; a place so extremely perfect that our imperfect minds cannot comprehend the joy or feeling of being in God’s presence eternally. Yes, God is a god that judges, but wait. What I mean is that our sins do not go uncounted for. But, by believing that God sent his son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for our sins, we will be pardoned. Jesus took all of that judgment, and punishment onto his shoulders the three days he hung on that cross. He was an innocent man, but he was more than a man. He is God. He is one of the trinity. Therefore, by having a perfect savior die for our imperfect selves, we are given a life of eternity in heaven in the perfect presence of our Lord. The hope we are given is given if we believe. How is that for a light upon that dark world a sad soul lives in?! I pray that you will see hope in every day. That you will have a friend, coworker, or even a stranger show you that you are not worthless. You are beautiful. You are a creation from God. To me, that’s amazing.