Day: May 3, 2019

When depression can no longer be your excuse

What happens when you can no longer use your depression as your excuse?

We can get so comfortable with our depression that it becomes our mantra. It’s convenient. It’s a way to keep people away. It’s a way to avoid putting ourselves “out there”.

“I can’t do that. I’m feeling too “down.”

“I’m just not up to that today”.

“I don’t feel like company today”.

“That’s just too overwhelming.”

“I’m sorry I yelled. It’s just I’m so depressed”.

Etc, etc, etc.

Depression serves a purpose.

For example, depression may be a “blankie” we hide under for a while. It might actually be our security that we climb into and just stay there and let everyone else pick up the pieces. And sometimes, that’s OK.

And I’m NOT suggesting we can just pick ourselves up and get going. No way. Depression is such a heavy cloud hanging over us that we can barely hold our heads up.

But I am saying anyone who has ever conquered anything has reached a point where they said, “No more!”

Counseling may help us correct our thinking but to dwell on the past ad infinitum is to just prolong the healing process. Healing begins when we say to ourselves, “Enough is enough. I am going to get better. I will do what I have to do. I will take whatever medication I have to take. I will stop whatever destructive thing I’m doing. I will learn new ways of thinking, behaving, talking, etc. I am going to get better. I am.”

Will you rise to the challenge today?

Is today the day you say, “No more”?

What would happen if you gave up using your depression as an excuse to avoid life? If you only started here, meaning no longer using depression as an excuse anymore to avoid people, situations, etc., you would be surprised at how much better you would feel.

It’s going to be hard, this whole healing process. Your eyes will be opened to your own involvement in your depression. You will learn it just didn’t happen to you but that there were specific circumstances along the way that you didn’t handle properly. You will find that you have used your depression as an excuse.

Anyone who’s ever overcome any injury, illness, etc has been in that exact same place. You will get better if and when you want to.

I had to reach that same place where I said, “I’m through with this. I’m moving on no matter what it takes. Depression has already robbed me of too much”.

How long will you continue to be robbed of the joy of living? It’s your choice.

God is already ahead of you on this journey. He’s waiting right in the middle of the road. You don’t have to be “super-Christian” for Him to show up for you.

He simply will because He loves you.

God bless you on this journey to health. I know you can do it.

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