3 Things I Wish I Knew Before Depression
When I became a Christian, Satan started to do everything in his power to destroy my testimony for Christ; because if Satan can destroy me, he can stop me from advancing God’s kingdom. My job on this earth is to glorify God and to bring his gospel to every part of my world. Satan does this to every Christian that makes a commitment to fight for the honor and name of Jesus Christ.
Satan uses different strategies depending on the weaknesses of each individual. For some people the struggle is pride. Other people struggle with lust or anxiety. Some are fought with hate or lack of forgiveness.
For me, it’s depression.
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I am not only constantly fighting against depression from taking over my life; but I am also fighting against the misconceptions of depression that the modern day church is spreading.
Until you are truly faced with a struggle, it is never okay to label said struggle with level of pain or existence. I grew up hearing that if you were a believer, it was impossible to be depressed. That is so incredibly silly.
Real talk: depression is no different than any other struggle a Christian may deal with. And the strategy to overcome it is fairly similar to overcoming any other struggle.
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Now without further ado, here are 3 things I wish I knew before I went through Depression!
1. Depression is Real
Although I do think that depression is over-diagnosed and overused as an excuse today, depression remains a very real and serious thing to deal with and needs to be addressed.
It seems that there is two extremes when it comes to addressing controversial topics. You have the whole “If we don’t acknowledge it, it doesn’t exist” mentality against the lovely “This is a real thing so let’s put our entire focus on it” thought-process.
I think the church today needs to acknowledge that depression is a very real struggle and Christians needs to be prepared to fight against it; but I don’t believe the church needs to make depression some huge scary monster that is bigger than God and that if you struggle with it, all they can do is pity you.
So once again:
DEPRESSION IS REAL.
IT IS SCARY.
EVEN CHRISTIANS STRUGGLE WITH DEPRESSION.
Got it? Okay, cool. Moving on!
2. If You are Depressed, It’s Okay.
I will let you in on some secrets about depression.
You are not the only one dealing with depression.
Satan’s biggest strategy when he is fighting you, is to make you think you are all alone and push you into silence and isolation.
Keep a secret? The best thing anyone has ever told me when I am fighting with a struggle, is “You are not alone.” Isn’t it funny how the people who seem the happiest are sometimes the ones who deal with the most hurt?
I get told all of the time,
“Karson, you are so incredibly happy. You must not know what real hurt is.”
(This is about the time, I wanna punch you in the throat, by the way).
I know what real hurt feels like. That is why I attempt to spread joy to everyone. People who know true hurt, never want to make people experience the same hurt.
So remember: no matter what struggle you are dealing with, YOU ARE NOT ALONE!!!
There is someone in your life who wants to be there for you.
Whether is a trusted parent, family member, best friend, church member, or counselor; there is at least one person in your life who is willing to help you carry your burden and be what you need to help you overcome (And I am sure you have more than one).
Don’t have someone to talk to? Than go find a counselor (preferably Christian). They can offer some advice as well as be a person you can “unload” on who won’t go posting on social media everything you said.
3. You Can Overcome Depression
Isn’t it silly that we sometimes consider certain struggles as these huge monsters that overtake us and are impossible to defeat?
I will not lie, depression feels like a force that is sucking all emotions from you and crushing you with this huge weight of emotion simultaneously, (pretty confusing, I know).
But it’s beatable (I pinky-promise).
I laugh at the attitude the church has displayed at struggles that aren’t very well understood such as depression or anxiety. They forget that God created our emotions and can bring us through them in victory.
My emotions (or lack thereof) are not bigger than my God. The struggles I deal with, though important to God, are no large force compared to Him (He is AWESOME).
I cannot say it will be today, or tomorrow, or even the next day; but I can say that if you stay true to God and His word, He will bring you through your struggle (Pro-tip: Surrendering it to Him is the first and most important strategy you can use).
Please remember that YOU, my dear reader, can overcome anything with Christ on your side. He loves you so much! He can turn this test into a testimony and use you to encourage and empower your fellow sisters-in-Christ! You are loved! You are Beautiful! And you are awesome!!
Anything to add? Any struggles you think the church and Christians should be more vocal about? Let me know in the comments!!
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