What, Me Depressed?

ImageI like to think of myself as a positive, glass half full, type of person. If you ask some of my relatives they might tell you I like depressing movies and music, however that is not true! Just because I watched “The Way We Were” more than once, just saying… I tend toward the melancholy, I admit it, but depressed? No, I have a lot to be grateful for! Lately though, I have talked with so many people who are depressed, and with good reason. Finances are at an all time low, jobs go from non-existent to hard to find, and a lot of those that do have jobs aren’t making enough money to keep their finances solvent. It seems that one thing leads to another and because of this there are family, marriage and relationship problems! Ecclesiastes 10:19 Laughter and bread go together, And wine gives sparkle to life—But its money that makes the world go around. That writer generally thought to be Solomon. Certainly knew what he was talking about. There is so much disease, and it’s not just the elderly anymore but people of all ages. So depressed? Yes there is a lot to be depressed about and we all have troubles. I think the Fortunes said it well, “I see that worried look upon your face, you’ve got your troubles, I’ve got mine” It isn’t just this generation, with ALL our troubles, our parents dealt with the “great depression”, two great World Wars, Korea, Viet Nam (the war of my generation) and all manner of financial problems, however, it goes back even further than that! Job 3:11 “Why didn’t I die at birth, my first breath out of the womb my last? Why were there arms to rock me, and breasts for me to drink from? I could be resting in peace right now, asleep forever, feeling no pain, In the company of kings and statesmen in their royal ruins, Or with princes resplendent in their gold and silver tombs. Why wasn’t I stillborn and buried with all the babies who never saw light, where the wicked no longer trouble anyone and bone-weary people get a long-deserved rest? Prisoners sleep undisturbed, never again to wake up to the bark of the guards. The small and the great are equals in that place, and slaves are free from their masters. Now that’s what I call depressed, and you thought YOU had it bad! According to a scientific description: Major depression is when a person has five or more symptoms of depression for at least 2 weeks. These symptoms include feeling sad, hopeless, worthless, or pessimistic. In addition, people with major depression often have behavior changes, such as new eating and sleeping patterns. I only put this here so you could see that you are not alone. We are all in this in one way or another, but there is one thing we can do! 1Peter 5:6-7 So be content with who you are, and don’t put on airs. God’s strong hand is on you; he’ll promote you at the right time. Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you. And another one to lean on: Mathew 11:29-30 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”  Jesus had such great compassion for his friend, He wept for him. He died for you, you are loved, and Jesus cares. Be blessed, not depressed!

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