“I did not want to turn him aside from the call of God, to distract his energies, or in any way to stand between him and a thoroughgoing surrender. This was what I understood real love to mean…”—04/25/12 Mrs. Elliot just spoken my silence.
It may not seem obvious right now, but God, your Sovereign and Powerful Father in heaven, has BIG plans for you. Right now, He looks at you, and knows that there will come a day when you will be a part of something great He has prepared. Just hold on to your faith.
Do you ever have so much pain in your life that you wish you could stop feeling things altogether? For some people, the pain on the inside of their life is so deep and overwhelming that they think the only way they can cope with it is to cut…
“What if God doesn’t just love you because He’s God and that’s His job? What if the truth is that God actually likes you? Yes, you - right there, looking at this screen - you with the zits and the past and the lust and the blazing self-doubt - you with that weird laugh and the deep hurts and questions - you. What if God just really likes you for exactly who you are? Can you bear it?”—Lee Younger (via leeyounger)
“Depression is humiliating. It turns intelligent, kind people into zombies who can’t wash a dish or change their socks. It affects the ability to think clearly, to feel anything, to ascribe value to your children, your lifelong passions, your relative good fortune. It scoops out your normal healthy ability to cope with bad days and bad news, and replaces it with an unrecognizable sludge that finds no pleasure, no delight, no point in anything outside of bed. You alienate your friends because you can’t comport yourself socially, you risk your job because you can’t concentrate, you live in moderate squalor because you have no energy to stand up, let alone take out the garbage. You become pathetic and you know it. And you have no capacity to stop the downward plunge. You have no perspective, no emotional reserves, no faith that it will get better. So you feel guilty and ashamed of your inability to deal with life like a regular human, which exacerbates the depression and the isolation. If you’ve never been depressed, thank your lucky stars and back off the folks who take a pill so they can make eye contact with the grocery store cashier. No one on earth would choose the nightmare of depression over an averagely turbulent normal life.
It’s not an incapacity to cope with day to day living in the modern world. It’s an incapacity to function. At all. If you and your loved ones have been spared, every blessing to you. If depression has taken root in you or your loved ones, every blessing to you, too. No one chooses it. No one deserves it. It runs in families, it ruins families. You cannot imagine what it takes to feign normalcy, to show up to work, to make a dentist appointment, to pay bills, to walk your dog, to return library books on time, to keep enough toilet paper on hand, when you are exerting most of your capacity on trying not to kill yourself. Depression is real. Just because you’ve never had it doesn’t make it imaginary. Compassion is also real. And a depressed person may cling desperately to it until they are out of the woods and they may remember your compassion for the rest of their lives as a force greater than their depression. Have a heart. Judge not lest ye be judged.”—
EVERYONE NEEDS TO READ THIS.
Depression is not a synonym for being sad or having a bad day/bad week.
It’s not a PHASE. It’s not a CHOICE. It’s not LAZINESS.