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

triumphoverdepression.org This blog is my ministry to support those who are depressed, in gratefulness for my having overcome major depression. Read "About Patrick Day" just to the right of "home" on the top of the blog site to find out more particulars about me. I retired from a career in higher education, where I served as Dean of Instruction, and promptly moved into a life of purposelessness and despair for five years, finally coming out on the other side. I am now an author, a business and life coach, a writer of this blog, and a volunteer for various organizations. What I write about in this blog is not hypothetical comments on depression. I have been there, felt the horrible pain, had my life disrupted, and experienced everything that I write about. I pray that I may be a blessing to you.
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