One of the life-issues that I am most often asked about is depression. If you follow the preceding link to its source, you will note that depression can be quite serious and require professional treatment. None of us should be reluctant to seek any and all help available in dealing with depression.
WebMD has an interactive tool that helps a person determine if he or she is depressed. It is likely that far more people than most of us realize struggle mightily with depression. If you happen to be one of these people or know someone who is, I also recommend that you visit a couple of recent posts on Jim Martin’s blog. These posts are:
(1) Dealing with Depression (Part 1)
(2) Dealing with Depression (Part 2)
I think Jim hits the nail squarely on the head with these two posts.
There are many resources available, to be sure. A quick Google Search will lead you to many online resources.
Although it has been in print for quite some time, the Minirth and Meier book entitled Happiness Is a Choice: The Symptoms, Causes, and Cures of Depression remains one of my most highly recommended resources.
For those who find themselves in the spiritual doldrums, one of the ways that I have often been refreshed is by spending time in the Psalms. I’ve found that a modern language translation is most beneficial for this purpose. One online source you might enjoy is the English Standard Version. This site is easily navigated and the translation is crisp and clear.
Beyond these things, I suggest that all who seek to walk in step with the Spirit in the footsteps of Jesus read at least one chapter each day from the Gospels. I prefer to vary the translation I’m using for this from time-to-time. Since the text is familiar territory, this keeps my focus sharp and, I believe, my heart more in tune with the message.
My prayer for each of you was uttered first by the Apostle Paul, as he was guided by the Holy Spirit: “16May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, 17encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.” (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17)
© Bill Williams
June 28, 2006