The Storm of Depression

I read a post on another corner of the internet tonight that moved me. A man was talking about how he was unable to buy a gun because his aunt went to the gun shop and told them about his history of mental illness. Essentially, he wanted to buy a gun to kill himself, but his aunt interceded on his behalf. Because of this event he decided that, if he must live, he might as well start improving his life.

The post made an impression on me. It reminded me of the times in my life when I was hit with depression and how low that feeling can bring you. It reminded me that not everything we do in life is “rah rah rah” and happy-go-lucky rainbows with sparkles. There’s a dark side to life, a depth that we all reach at some point that drags us down. We are all faced with grief and suffering and many of us never make it back to true happiness.

Some of you reading ┬áthis today are in the eye of the storm. Maybe you’ve been there for a long time. Maybe you feel your whole life has been this storm. If you don’t know how depression feels, I urge you to search out some psychology forums where people go to talk about their depression. You’ll find that it’s enlightening. Or, if you’re like me, your heart will go out to these people. You’ll feel their pain and feel helpless in the ability to help them see beyond it. Continue reading “The Storm of Depression”

Beautiful in its Time

I want to touch on a topic that I think all of us has entertained at one point or another. Well, all of us who are over the age of 25 or 30 anyway. Not that younger people don’t think about this, but there is a very clear moment that happens as you approach the middle of your life that you begin to think about the deeper things of life. A young person just starting out their life may not be focusing on what happens at the end of it. If you’re a young person reading this, I apologize if my generalization is wrong. I’m just saying that the weight of these things doesn’t truly hit you until you reach your mid 30’s.

I was curious tonight. It had been a while since I read the book of Ecclesiastes. When I finished my last article, I felt that I wanted to talk about depression in my next one. I asked myself what scriptures in the bible deal with depression, and the first thing that came to me was this book. This, quite literally, is the most depressing book of the bible. It was written by King Solomon in his old age. Yes, the guy who gave us the wisdom of Proverbs, built the temple, and basically put Israel on the map, looked back over his life in his old age and uttered the words “life is meaningless.” Continue reading “Beautiful in its Time”

Heirs to the Hope

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably have heard about the events of Charlottesville. I’m not going to spend time hashing out the details because everybody knows them at this point. If you don’t know them, then Google is your friend. I don’t care what your political leanings are or what side of the issue you find yourself on. What I want to do is offer you a perspective that empowers you to be a better person.

That perspective can be found in a rather obscure scripture in the bible. The book of Titus is one of those “gloss through” books in the bible because it’s so short. Also there’s very little “marketable” material in there that hasn’t been said in a more powerful, more empowering, and more uplifting way somewhere else in the bible. There’s nothing exciting going on in this book. Titus was left on the island of Crete to be the pastor of the church there. He was looking for guidance, and his mentor, Paul, decided to write him a letter about sound doctrine. It’s a book that is very much cut and dry, right down the middle, and basically meant to encourage the preaching and teaching of sound doctrine.

So why have I chosen to use a scripture from Titus to apply to the situation in Charlottesville? Because there’s a powerful nugget rooted in there that I think we all need to hear and apply to our lives. Continue reading “Heirs to the Hope”