Friday, January 28, 2011


Depression and Focus

Jeff Dunn @ iMonk on the problem:
Those suffering depression are consumed with themselves, with their problems, with their faults and failings.
Having been severely depressed at points in my life, I understand this, and it is in understanding it that I was able to deal with the depression. The last thing I wanted to be was selfish.

I found it amazing that Jollyblogger, who has a right to be depressed at the moment, hit on the solution:
What is most apparent when you look at yourself? And here I am speaking to Christians in particular. Do you mostly see your filthy garments and do you spend your life trying to wash yourself clean? Or, are you driven by a feeling that there is something you must do for God or be for God? When you look at your life do you see nothing but failure in being who God has called you to be? Or, when you look at your life do you see someone who has offered and performed some valuable services to God and His kingdom. All of this is to see yourself through the eyes of Satan. Hopefully you see yourself as a sinner and can see the filthy garments on yourself. If you don't see that then Satan has blinded you. But do you see yourself as a sinner in need of atonement, or covering from Christ, or do you see yourself as a sinner in need of self-improvement, who needs to be a better Christian. To see yourself as a sinner in need of atonement at all times is to see yourself with the eyes of Christ, to see yourself as someone who needs to improve or get better is to see yourself with the eyes of Satan. And by the way, if you see yourself as a sinner always in need of atonement, can you see that the atonement is always there, the blood of Christ is always covering your sin and failure?

In short, is Christ and His work at the forefront of your attention in this world or is your performance and the performance of others at the forefront of your attention. To see the first is to see the world through the eyes of God, to see the latter is to see with the eyes of Satan.
Are you struggling with depression? Remember the words of a "corny" old hymn:
O soul, are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There’s light for a look at the Savior,
And life more abundant and free!

* Refrain:
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.

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