Even while struggling with depression, I choose to see beauty in this world.
You see what you want to see.
I see Christians sharing nothing but bad news on Facebook. The ugly, the tragic, the sad and the infuriating.
I am fully aware of the reality of pain and suffering, but a steady diet of negativity breeds nothing but anger and sadness.
So, to that end, here’s a picture of my son and grandson.
I share this simply because it makes me smile.
What makes you smile?
If you are struggling with anger and depression today, I challenge you to set your mind not only on Christ, but on what makes you smile.
Embrace that which breeds joy in your heart.
Please realize the enemy of your soul, the Devil, will use your passion to help others and turn it against you. He will use your love of humanity and turn it into anger and depression over the ugliness in the world.
Instead of concentrating on the good and the beautiful, he will try and get you to see nothing but racism, hatred, madness, destruction and death.
Be conscious about what you set your mind to. Brace yourself for the sadness, but don’t dwell on it.
Choose to see the good today. It’s just that simple.
I choose to listen to music with my son, and watch goofy children’s videos with my grandson, because it makes me happy.
So again I pose the question, what makes you smile?
Think about it, and then set your passions there.
“Lord, help me to realize how brief my time on earth will be. Help me to know that I am here for but a moment more. My life is no longer than my hand! My whole lifetime is but a moment to you. Proud man! Frail as breath! A shadow! And all his busy rushing ends in nothing. He heaps up riches for someone else to spend. And so, Lord, my only hope is in you (Psalm 39:4-7).”
Blessings to you and yours.
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8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
That’s a tough one for me sometimes, but that is our goal. We can see 100 beautiful sights a day, yet the one we choose to dwell on is the negative, it seems. That’s human nature, but it doesn’t have to be the way things are. One of the biggest revelations I’ve had in my life was when I realized I could choose to be happy, and I could choose to see the positive. I did not have to let the ugly and the bitter and the negative bring me down.
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An even bigger revelation is to know GOD instructs us to be happy and meditate on his love, purity, grace, power, sovereignty, and all other goodness that ALL comes from God. To truly submit to Gods will is TO CHOSE happiness. He doesn’t want us under he yoke of the cares and concerns of this world.
Yes we are to choose happiness in The Lord, however, people need tools and practical advice. Especially if you are suffering with depression.
To tell a depressed person choose happiness is like telling a cancer patient to just get well. It doesn’t always work!
Again, people need practical advice in times of need.
This is what Rob’s blog is here to do.