242. Changing Your Focus

When we are depressed or otherwise in darkness, our mind, emotions, and will are all focused on us. I knew this in depression and knew that focusing on myself almost exclusively was not healthy.

This self-centeredness persisted until I finally learned through affliction to put myself in His hands and let Him have His way with me. Close fellowship with Jesus Christ meant that I followed Him and His interests in other people. This was in stark contrast to my previous prayer of asking Him to be with me, following along like a faithful puppy to make sure I was healthy, wealthy, and wise.

When I started focusing on God and my desire to be His hands and feet in this world, my depression started to dissipate. Today I am not totally free of depression all the time, but it’s manageable, because I know I’m in His hands and that what is happening to me may not be pleasant on occasion, but He is with me every step of the way.

About Patrick Day

In 2010, I escaped from four long years of deep, dark depression. This blog shares lessons I learned from those years as depicted in my autobiography - How I Escaped from Depression - as well as other insights about depression and anxiety that only come from someone who has gone through it. When you have a heart attack, you become an expert in heart attacks. When you have diabetes, you become an expert in that condition. As such, I am an expert in depression, with a four-year experiential degree and graduate studies in how to live a life going forward that keeps the ever-lurking Depression at a healthy distance.
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