Whether you have been diagnosed with depression or just experience some bad days being depressed, we’ve all been there. We all struggle with feelings of deep sadness and loneliness. We can get so down that sometimes we forget to look at all the positive things going on in our lives.
The other day, I just snapped. I cried and screamed my feelings out for the whole world to hear. My heart was hurting and my mind was a record full of negative thoughts playing on repeat. I was hurt and angry all at the same time. I forgot about the positive things going on in my life. I forgot about how many people truly do love me.
How many of you do the same thing when life comes crashing in on you?
When the waves come crashing in, we tend to stand there, down and out, allowing for them to swallow us whole. But is that what God wants for us and our lives? Does God want us to let the waves of this life and the lies of depression drown us or does He want us to brace for the waves and ride them out shouting with joy?
We should be so full of God that the pain we sometimes feel won’t hold a candle stick to the joy we always have with God. When we are full of God, thinking on Godly things, and realizing the positivity around us, we won’t have time to listen to the negativity the devil tries to feed us through our depression, our anxiety, or our low self-esteem.
Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
This is one of my favorite scriptures in the entire bible. It teaches us to change the way we think everyday. It teaches us to think on the good things and not on the bad things. We learn from this one scripture that there is always something good and lovely to be thinking about when we have God in our lives. With God in our lives and hearts, we will see the world around us in a different light. Even when we have bad days, we will be able to think on the pure and lovely things, with a praise on our lips.
When we know Christ as our Savior, He can change the way we think and look at things. He can change our negative seeing eyes and rewire our negative thinking brains. He rewires us with His praise, His joy, and His goodness.
Psalm 40:1-3 says, “I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.” “He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.” “And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.”
The psalmist David is a good example for us today. David faced many heartbreaks, discouragements, and even experienced self pity at times. Even though David faced some hard patches throughout his lifetime, He always knew where to go to get his heart and mind full of praise and joy. David knew to always go to God for everything He needed and wanted. David knew that God was always going to be there to help him through to a brighter tomorrow.
We must be like the psalmist David. We must always seek the Lord in all things, whether they be good or bad. We must replace our negative feelings with feelings of joy and praise to our Lord.
Throughout the bible we are taught to be happy and content in all things. We are also taught to be continually praising the Lord for His goodness to us. Do we do that as often as we should or do we stay put, letting the waves of life crash over us? I think more often, we tend to let the waves crash over us instead of letting the joy of the Lord be our strength.
If you struggle with depression today, I encourage you to look to God and His word for strength. You will find that God’s word is full of encouragement that will change your entire life. God never intended for us to suffer from depression. He can free us from those chains that drag us down.
Let us allow God to fill us with His joy and His goodness. When we allow for God to fill us up with more of Him, the things that depress us will be replaced with things that make us want to shout for joy. Our minds can be touched and changed to focus on the goodness surrounding us.
There is so much to praise God about. We have so much to always be thankful for. We are children of God, which means we are called to be joyful. Being God’s children, we have no time to be depressed. With God, our cups should be overflowing with joy. Let us overrun with God’s joy.