302. They Caught Nothing

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There’s an interesting story in the last chapter of John’s gospel. Seven of Jesus’ apostles had thrashed about all night in the waters of Galilee but had caught nothing. Isn’t that just the way it is with those of us who have struggled with depression and other dark places? We thrash about in our darkness and come up empty.

At the break of dawn, Jesus shows up and tells them to throw their net over the right side of the boat, and when they do so they catch 153 large fish. The precise number represents all the species of fish known at that time. In other words, Jesus gave them all there was to symbolize He was giving them all He had.

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I have written many times of the three-legged stool to triumph over depression: medication for our body, psychotherapy for our thinking, and Jesus for our soul. The last leg of the stool is what holds all three together.

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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