When I was deep in depression and seeking any way out, the Holy Spirit prompted me to find someone in great need and satisfy that need, rather than feeling sorry for myself.
With further prompting, I stopped by a local nursing home and asked to regularly visit someone who didn’t have regular visitors. The pastor at Park View assigned me to Marv Schaar, a man slightly older than me who had muscular dystrophy.
I first met with Marv in 2008 and have visited him most every Saturday morning ever since. After a few months, I found that something magical had happened: by doing something good for someone else, something good happened to me. The severity of my depression lessened and I am now free of depression and still visiting Marv. Was this the key event that started me on the road to healing? No, but it was a piece of the puzzle.
If you are depressed, I would encourage you to reach out to someone else, even if you don’t want to, especially if you don’t want to. And even if you aren’t depressed, I’d still encourage you to reach out. You will feel better about yourself as a result. It’s like magic.