I am going to share something with you that I found on Pinterest. Yes, my friends, Pinterest was again the motivation for a posting! I’ll tell you what, you can find some great ideas on that site! Anyways, this pin was in my home feed yesterday. I found it quite interesting and am sure you will too. First let me lead into it before I show it to you. I know..suspense.
Depression. I don’t know about anyone else, but I can honestly say that I have felt major guilt for letting myself get into a depressive stage. Often I blame myself as I think, “I brought this on myself. I wouldn’t be here if I just got over my grief. I am just feeling sorry for myself. So many other people have it far worse than me. I just need to get over myself.” How many of us feel guilt, shame, and blame when we experience depression? I bet quite a bit of us.
As I was looking through Pinterest yesterday, I was in this guilt and blame state of mind. I was telling myself that I shouldn’t be where I am mentally. That I let it go too far. Then, like a sign, a pin showed up on my home page. It is called, “Learn to fight depression like Jesus did.” I will show it to you here in a bit. While looking at this page, my thoughts were, “whoa….like Jesus did not have depression. I don’t really believe this.” I then thought, “okay…I can see him maybe going through some anxiety the moments he knew when it was his time to be arrested and die. I mean he knew why he came to earth and that it was soon his time to undergo horrible treatment by people who don’t really believe in him. That would cause me some major depression and anxiety.” Anyways, I was curious and checked out the page. Here is the link to the website if you would like to check it out yourself.
The page offers some tips on overcoming depression the way the Jesus would have overcame his (if he truly did have depression. ***Disclaimer****I am not going to argue on if Jesus did or did not have depression. That is up to our own personal interpretation. I am just sharing what I thought was interesting). Here is what the author states that Jesus did:
- He chose some close friends to be with him. “Taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee” (Matthew 26:37).
- He opened his soul to them. He said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death” (v. 38).
- He asked for their intercession and partnership in the battle. “Remain here, and watch with me” (v. 38).
- He poured out his heart to his Father in prayer. “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me” (v. 39).
- He rested his soul in the sovereign wisdom of God. “Nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will” (v. 39).
- He fixed his eye on the glorious future grace that awaited him on the other side of the cross. “For the joy that was set before him [he] endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2)
Interesting isn’t it? I think that anyone undergoing depression and anxiety can use these tips. Basically, we must surround ourselves with people we love and be open to them about how we feel. We must also surround ourselves with God and his Word. I love, love, love the last point about fixing your eye on the glorious future grace that awaits on the other side. How many times do we wonder about heaven? I wonder about it quite a bit. Jesus tells us in scriptures that God will give to us a joy so wonderful that we can’t even imagine it. Doesn’t that sound wonderful? Now, just thinking about that brings a smile to my face and brightens my mood a bit.
With that being said, let’s use these tips during our depression. Let’s not only surround ourselves with loved ones and be open with them, but let’s surround ourselves with God and be open with him as well. Let’s also fix our eyes on the eternal happiness that awaits us on the other side. Amen? Amen!