The last part of the preacher’s message was what a person suffering from depression could do to manage the condition. The first one he gave is one that was critical to me.
One way of recovering from depression is to have something meaningful to do. For me it was writing Too Late in the Afternoon: One Man’s Triumph Over Depression. It took me two years. Now I have moved into a new stage of meaningfulness in my life – helping others with depression and those who interact with them to find triumph over depression, and this blog is a big part of my ministry. I have also written a second book that is now being shopped out for a publisher and am about to embark on a third novel. What caused me to become depressed in the first place is that I had lost the meaning to my life. It took me a couple of years to find a new meaning, not to try to re-establish the old meaning.
The preacher ended with two sets of challenges:
*Let’s review God’s solution
- A good meal and a good rest
- Opportunity to vent your feelings openly before God
- Have a meaningful daily task
- Have a friend who walks with you
- It’s always darkest before the dawn…and the dawn always breaks forth
Second Set of Challenges
- Keep on trusting Him, even when it is difficult to do so
- Keep on praying, even when it seems to be a futile effort
- God will see you through the darkness and bring you into the light
When I started my depression, I would have shaken my head at these challenges as impossible. The only thing I had before me was unrelenting depression. Slowly but surely God worked through me to make these challenges a reality for me, the end result being my triumph over depression. Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up. If I could make it, you can make it, but it will take effort doing things you don’t want to do and finally trusting that the One who created the universe is Someone you can trust.