Monday, 15 August 2011
Decide for yourself (before I offer my own commentary. Ha!). Here are some quotes from a pamphlet on depression. If this is too tedious for you to read, feel free to scroll down to the bottom of the post for a 4-point summary.
- "Your depression can be overcome, not only now, but for good.... 1. You must know God personally before you can expect Him to give you the help that you need. 2. You must not put the alleviation of the depression first as your goal, but rather the desire to please God by doing what He says. 3. You must do exactly what He says regardless of how you feel.... Depression can be defeated by God's directions and by the power that God gives through His Spirit to enable those who know Him to follow His Word."
- "Knowing God is a condition to victory over depression; however, knowing Him in itself will not solve the problem.... You need to recognize that depression comes as the result of a failure in self-control and self-discipline.... Homemakers and all those who must set and keep their own schedules are particularly vulnerable to depression.... Often all that it takes for her to begin the descent into despair and depression is to experience a setback that tempts her to focus upon it and to forget her obligations. Her schedule is broken, she gets behind in her chores, which then begin to mount up and... she is by then already heading straight down the road that leads to depression."
- "The guilt that underlies depression comes from the failure to handle the problem or setback God's way.... Depression comes when we fail to handle the blues, the disappointment, the perplexity, the guilt, or the physical affliction God's way. The bad feelings originally may have come from your own sin or from the fact that after having the flu for four days you must go back to work that has piled up in your absence and that you do not feel like doing both because it is greater than usual and you are weaker than usual.... Instead of doing what you know that you ought to do, when you give in to your feelings, hoping that later on you will feel more like doing the dreaded duty, you have already taken several strides down the dismal path of depression."
- "The key to warding off depression, then, is this: do not follow your feelings when you know that you have a responsibility to discharge. Instead, against your feelings, you must do as you should. And when you do, even if at first you do so mechanically, simply because you want to please God and you know that He wants you to do this, in time your feelings will change.... Do what you know God wants you to do, WHETHER YOU FEEL LIKE IT OR NOT, and a change in feelings will take place, as a by-product, in time.... There is no other way."
Author's Summary of the pamphlet:
"1. Confess your sin of failing to assume your responsibilities along with any other sin that you may have failed to confess.
2. Begin to do whatever it is that God wants you to do in order to please Him, regardless of whether you feel like it or not.
3. Deal biblically with any particular sin that may have triggered the bad feeling originally (the feeling may not have originated in sin however.)
4. Avoid pity parties, blue funks and gripe groups. Schedule your work, then follow your schedule, not your feelings."
What do YOU think? Do you agree or disagree? Do you agree with parts and disagree with others? Do you think there is more to the story?