How Believing in God and/or Something Bigger Can Help Fight Depression

A man seeng the stars
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Sometimes we like to wonder about this vast space containing all the stars we see, all the planets, solar systems, black holes, galaxies, and who knows what else other things we even can’t start to imagine.

When we invest our gray matter into this kind of thinking, we would inevitably ask ourselves about how everything on this tiny planet we call earth, feels meaningless.

I know it’s not encouraging and it can even sound a little sad… but this is one of the conclusions from that train of thought.

Going in this same line of thinking we could even get depressed about how pointless can feel our actions, experiences, relationships, and even our own life itself.

In fact, there are people who believe because of this and that we came out randomly from little microscopic organisms after millions of years, is getting people angry/depressed and starting mass shootings.

I’m not taking these concepts from a hat, you can follow this link and do your own quick research if you want to know more.

Reading about these things and letting our minds wander a little more, we could see the logic but I’m not completely convinced about this being the reason for the increase of mass shootings.

Just consider this, why is it that most mass shootings occurs in USA?

In all over the world, it has been for quite a time that people have been told and taught that God doesn’t exist but the vast majority of people deciding to go outside with a gun and start to kill other people are apparently in the American continent.

Maybe I’m getting a little off the topic and I don’t want to get conspiranoid with this, but what I see is that not believing that we are being taken care of by God it’s something brushing the line of being depressive for our sake.

And that’s something that I have made peace with!

Personally I believe that our actions, our experiences, and the way we interact with each other in this world, (for better or worse) has meaning and regardless of us not understanding the reason why, I know there is a why for our existence.

We sometimes think about all of this and when we believe that there is an all-powerful God instead of getting depressed, we don’t get discouraged by these thoughts and we strive to live and experience life in it’s fullest according (in some part) to our definition of it at that moment in our life.

The reason behind this it’s that besides believing God is taking care of us, it’s because we also believe that he has created us in his image and likeness giving us a soul meant to be joyful, and full of life.

Living and having depression is something far more difficult (or it should be) when we believe in God than believing in natural selection and that we came out of chance.

It is very likely that you already know the obvious reason why this works. I will mention it anyway for those of you that are not 100% sure of what I’m implying here.

The reason is believing in God gives us purpose in life. We also feel gratitude in our hearts for receiving life and appreciate everything that surrounds us on a deeper level.

If there is something that I want you to take from all of this, is this;

When you look up to the stars and wonder how big all of this is and how little is this world, and when you think that your experiences, relationships, and your soul are just meaningless, when you start to feel depressed and overwhelmed by the futility of your life in this vast space, just remember to be grateful and realize there is a purpose for everything that happens and everything that is.

Believing in God makes it a lot easier for us to be grateful and finding purpose in our life.

The Captain of My Soul

With what I’m about to share with you many people feel inspired, motivated to fight against the darkness, their demons, and beat their depression.

Many people also have said that they get goosebumps for reading and/or hearing the poem called “Invictus” by William Ernest Henley.

Probably you’ve heard/read or somehow know about this one as it is one of the most famous poems in the world.

But anyways I thought I might share it with you here.

It reads as follows…

Invictus

Out of the night that covers me, 
      Black as the pit from pole to pole, 
I thank whatever gods may be 
      For my unconquerable soul. 

In the fell clutch of circumstance 
      I have not winced nor cried aloud. 
Under the bludgeonings of chance 
      My head is bloody, but unbowed. 

Beyond this place of wrath and tears 
      Looms but the Horror of the shade, 
And yet the menace of the years 
      Finds and shall find me unafraid. 

It matters not how strait the gate, 
      How charged with punishments the scroll, 
I am the master of my fate, 
      I am the captain of my soul. 

BY WILLIAM ERNEST HENLEY


It sounds inspiring right?

I mean, the idea of being our masters and controlling our fate something worthy of thought and admiration. I won’t deny that, but…

Now, to explain how I feel about this poem and give you my insight it would be better to describe it with a feeling of something we all can easily recognize.

Do you know that feeling when you are hearing a politician on TV that you cannot simple trust?

About how he will bring change for the better, and that he’d handle this or that matter differently?

Or what about that feeling when you’re hearing a sales pitch of how great this product is for you and something about it just bugs you?

Can you recognize that feeling?

Best way to describe what I felt when I read this poem is with those examples.

I feel like something is quite off, something inside bugs me that tells me not trust what have been said here.

At first, I thought that maybe I was being to hard but the thing is that I could not ignore my gut feeling about this poem.

Truth to be told, is because somehow I always knew the captain of my soul is Jesus Christ!

After doing a little research I have found that I’m not the only person that talked about this poem in this way.

I think that the message in the following link clearly depicts what I’m trying to tell you and probably in the words by another person you can understand better what I’m talking about.

After reading the notes on this webpage, I clearly understand how in this poem (line by line) the rejection of God is shown and even embraced.

By learning and reading the notes below I realize I wasn’t being that harsh against “Invictus”.

NOTES:

In the Poem “Invictus” by William Ernest Henley. Written in 1885, You’ll note that it is a rejection of God.

He recognizes that the world is DARK (Needs illumination).

The Darkness is world-wide (from Pole to Pole).

Rejects the ONE God. (whatever gods).

Recognizes he’s created with a soul.

He accepts circumstance (chance, destiny).

Doesn’t recognize / rejecting that God is in control.

He thinks this life is all there is,

just darkness (shade) on the other side of life.

Yet, that feeling finds him “unafraid”.

“It matters not how straight the gate”

He knows about the narrow path and the narrow gate,

but he doesn’t care (It matters not).

He knows that God’s Keeping a Record of His life.

“How charged with punishments the scroll”

And that God promises His wrath, anger and punishments

for breaking His commandments.

He’s rejecting the LORD as his final destiny.

“I am the master of my fate”

He’s rejecting the LORDSHIP of Christ.

“I am the Captain of my soul”.

One Last Thing to Mention

I don’t want to hard on people that love this poem and get inspired (or the goosebumps) to fight their depression or anxiety by getting this poem sealed in their hearts.

If it’s that you, then my best guess is that you haven’t met Jesus Christ as we Christians know him…

No hard feelings, but I hope that one day you give him (Jesus Christ) the chance to enter your life, so you can know him.

He already knows what’s best for all of us and sacrificed himself, so we can be saved… That’s why I’ve decided to made Jesus Christ the master of my fate and the captain of my soul.

We All Can Fail in the Fight Against Depression

When we are fighting to achieve something in life we can encounter some roadblocks and setbacks that prevent us of achieving it. It could be starting a business, writing a book, becoming an artist in some way, etc.

Sometimes we encounter big roadblocks that we in our current state cannot surpass and get to the other side where we want to be. It has become too much to deal with.

At some point in our lives we all can fail in the fight against depression too. That’s something possible to happen in this every day fight. That’s just reality as it is.

A man with his hand in face and eyes closed. Depressed and thinking about its problems and how to solve them.
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Don’t Handle Everything, But Just Everything You Can

When something negative happens, when we are failing and things are falling apart, when you feel like not being able to get back in your feet, there’s something you need to realize.

You need to realize that once you are aligned with what is true, honest and with integrity of your being and who you want to become, you just need to handle what you can handle, try to put in order only the things you can control and don’t get overwhelmed by the things outside of your control.

Be careful with the chaos lurking around and set to fix the things that are in disorder, if they cannot be fixed, then learn to accept them as they come to you.

For the things that are already good, try to make them a little better every day. Life has the tendency of being in a perpetual state of change anyways, so why not trying to have the perpetual mindset transforming good things into better things!?

I believe people, no, we as human beings, have tremendous capacity to persevere against great loss and can survive through a lot of pain. We are tough, tougher than we imagine we are, but to unfold this capacity within us, we need to see the good in Being.

Depression is Taking the Best Out of Me, Is This Really Working?

A man sitting in a rock in a meditative state with eye opens and thiniking about getting out of its problems.
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What about if you still feel like a mess? Like you cannot bear with what is in front of you?

What about if you feel like being hopeless of finding happiness in your life? Or worse, what about if you can’t see the good in Being?

We are tough, no doubt about it. But certainly we have a limit too.
When this limit has been met, what we must do then?

The answer I’ll give you it is probably not the one you are expecting and surely a lot of people won’t agree with me on this one. But I think that when we’re failing in the fight against depression, and we feel like falling apart without hope of standing back again, we need to rely on something bigger than ourselves!

There’s just so much that we can take before we turn bitter and resentful. Before turning this way, and stop believing in ourselves, we should at least try to believe in something more powerful than what we can see and experience in this world.

Believe and rely on Jesus Christ! Who gave his life for all of us. By accepting him and believing in him, he will remove those feelings of failure and defeat in our lives and replace them with love in its purest form.

Conclusion

Align yourself with the highest moral values (heaven!?). Do what you can with what you can manage. The things outside of your control; learn to accept them and fix them if possible.

Learn about your limits, and when you’ve reached that limit, leave your struggle and your fight to God, and he himself will help you to surpass your failures.

Merry Christmas & New Year Resolution!

Maybe you are making some preparations for the Christmas Eve. Family reunions, the gifts, the dinner, etc… Maybe you have also setup your New Year Resolution and this is what I want to talk about today.

This definition is taken from Wikipedia: A New Year’s resolution is a tradition, most common in the Western Hemisphere but also found in the Eastern Hemisphere, in which a person resolves to change an undesired trait or behavior, to accomplish a personal goal or otherwise improve their life.

For those of you that haven’t written your New Year Resolution, I encourage you to do it, it is very well-known that achieving a goal (no matter how small or big) will help you to feel better about yourself, thus, can help you to fight depression, and a year resolution is what most people do when a new year is coming. So go and do it, you still have a lot of time.

If you have already set up your goals for the coming year, Congrats!! This means you know how important this is to better yourself, to improve your life, to fight and win against depression.

Common New Year Resolutions

New Year Resolution

Now, I want you to review it to check what are the items you have there. I don’t know about you, but most people (the big majority of people including myself for a time) are inclined to set goals like: Getting a new car, making more money, getting a new job (or being promoted), getting better grades (in College or High School), getting a girlfriend (or boyfriend), being fit, losing X amount of weight and have a healthier lifestyle, maybe learning how to dance salsa, to play the guitar or the piano, how to sing… I can continue on and on, but I think you’ve got the idea.

Were you able to see a trend over there? I mean, were you able to see that most of these things are focusing in materialistic gains and in the ego’s realm? It is OK to have this kind of goals, I’m not condemning anybody for having them, but with this in mind, I want to ask you; What goals are dedicated to God? Where is Jesus in the equation?

Probably you are not of a big believer in Jesus, you’re not following God or practicing a religion. I can understand that you may not know Jesus Christ, and I’m not the one to say how and when you’ll know him. But, some day I’m pretty sure you will.

The Kind Of World I’d Like to See

With that said, if you’re not planning on making some room for Jesus Christ in your goals and life in the coming year, then at least make some room in your resolution to be more emphatic, train your patience, becoming a good friend, sister/brother/neigbor, bring a smile to people, forgiving, not holding grudges to the people that has done wrong to you, inspire people, learning the art of making people feel joy/hope! How these resolutions sounds to you?

Can you imagine if more people set this kind of goals in their new year resolution? In what kind of world we would be living today? I can be 99% sure this planet would not be with so much depression and anxiety today. I mean, if those were the kind of goals and new year resolutions that must people set and try to achieve, we wouldn’t see so much sadness, angriness, envy, bad behavior and narcissism.

This is the world I’d like to see, but what I see is all the contrary for the more meaningless things. That’s too bad. I guess this kind of world can only exist in the mind of a dreamer. Thanks God I believe in Jesus Christ and have faith that he will set up everything right.

And with that said, I’ll see you next year.

I wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year by the way!!

Have You Forget The Real Meaning Of Christmas?

The World Is Forgetting The Real Meaning Of Christmas.

Some time ago I’ve come to see on the TV a guy that was interviewing random people in the street. The questions were simple: What do you think is it Christmas for? Why do we celebrate Christmas? What do you like the most in Christmas eve?

The answers were also simple and very straight forward: For the family to reunite. The gifts and spending time with our loved ones. To create memories that we can share when we get old. We celebrate happiness and the joy to be alive. Christmas is to remember that there’s season to be warm when it’s cold outside.

It was a long time ago, and I’ll admit can’t recall exactly how everything happened. This is why I’ve thrown some examples of the questions and answers for you to get the idea.

While I was watching it, I remember thinking that this interview is proof that most people don’t celebrate Christmas for what really means. Until a little child around 5-7 years old with his mother besides him was asked: What is Christmas for you? He stopped to think for a moment, then he smiled to let us know he has just found the answer, and then he said: To celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

To Celebrate The Birth Of Jesus Christ!

The Real Meaning of Christmas

Sure I was like changing the channel asking in my mind Where is Jesus? and a little disappointed for the kind of responses given because Jesus Christ has been left out. But that one response from that child was one of the most amazing things I have stumbled upon by changing TV channels randomly.

That moment was shocking for the young man directing the interview and the mother just smiled with amazement in her face. It one of those moments that I’d like to remember my entire life because it taught me there’s still hope out there. It was a really beautiful moment!

Maybe I cannot talk on behalf of everybody but I’m pretty sure that we as human beings have felt that spark of faith and hope in humanity. In fact, there is a trend in YouTube with the name “My faith in humanity has been restored”. Very touchy videos. Go check them out when you have more free time.

Watching the response of that child is that exact feeling I had. My faith in Christmas has been restored.

Sometimes in Christmas we can feel sad because we didn’t get the gifts we wanted, the family couldn’t reunite, we couldn’t spend time with our loved ones.

But the truth is that if we look what’s the real meaning of Christmas, and why we should celebrate it, we’ll remember what’s really important, and we’ll celebrate it not because things went how we expected, and we get what we desire but by its true meaning. It’s to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

The Ultimate Way To Get Through Depression

The other day I was reflecting on the importance of being blessed by God and how God delivers his blessings to people. And while I was researching about it I remembered a Psalm that I knew long ago.

Psalm 1:1-3

1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

There’s no doubt for me that the best way to find a cure for depression is being grateful for the things that we have in life. And that’s exactly what depression wants you to not feel. Depression wants you to see everything in your life darker, pointless and hopeless. Looking at your life and everything that surrounds it in this way, won’t let you ever be grateful for anything that happens to you.

Getting Through Depression

How Can I Become Grateful, When I Feel So Depressed?

When dealing with depression, anxiety, and any other mental illnesses we need to keep in mind that;
– There isn’t always a reason (or at least you cannot find it) to feel down
– It’s not for the sake to seek attention
– Nobody seems able to help you
– It’s not something to be embarrassed about or ashamed of
– You can’t just “get over it”
– Nobody seems to understand
– It’s not about being lazy
– Your emotions are too strong to bear them
– It’s not easy
But knowing and keeping this in mind doesn’t mean that we can’t find one little thing to feel grateful for. Whenever negative thoughts try to invade you can say to yourself “at least I’m giving my best”
This is the conscious mental effort you need to start doing to get through depression.

The Ultimate Way To Get Through Depression

Go back to the top and read the Psalm 1:1-3 once again. I want to share my insights on this one and tell you why I think is the ultimate way to get through depression.

Psalm 1: 1

With the first verse, we can easily understand that we become those we hang out with. God gives his blessing to those who are not wicked and don’t walk in the ways of the wicked. With this one we can refer to;

“Tell me who you walk with, and I’ll tell you who you are.”

― Esmeralda Santiago

Psalm 1:2

Jesus Christ resumes the Law of God in two; 1- You shall Love God among everything else and 2- you shall love your neighbor as yourself.

Reflecting on these laws day and night and learning to follow them in everything we do is a delight for the people who live in a righteous way. These are the people that God give his blessings in everything they do.

Psalm 1:3

Being blessed by God will set up prosperity and abundance. That our leaf shall not wither means that our deeds don’t get dry but instead are full of life and joy for others to comfort their souls when they see it.

Conclusion

The conclusion that I get is that by following God and the righteous way he wants for us, he will transform the environment of our soul into a healthy, happy and joyful environment.

Being grateful will become in us as our natural state no matter what we’re facing at the moment. There will not be any room for depression when we are blessed by God and we know that God is with us because we follow his commandments.

Jesus and Depression

Did you know that most people who suffer from depression and get well, are at a higher risk of getting depressed again in the future? And a lot of them actually get more depressed…

It’s like their symptoms and their depression has been suppressed instead of having been cured once and for all.

That makes me interested in searching, looking and tweaking until finding a way to beat depression and make it stay away for good the rest of our lives. I think I just found it!!

Jesus and Depression,
Jesus and Depression

The thing is that when you’re depressed you think you’re alone in this darkness and hopeless because cannot see the way out. We feel like we are stepping into quicksand sinking little by little with every minute.

Some sayings about Jesus I could find and relate them to the lens of fighting depression:

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: 
no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

John 14:6

and all drank the same spiritual drink, 
for they were drinking 
from a spiritual rock which followed them;
and the rock was Christ.

1 Corinthians 10:4

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, 
and I will give you rest.

Matthew 11:28

Having the belief that someone bigger than ourselves has sacrificed himself for our salvation and well being, it’s the ultimate sign of true love.

I’ve decided to talk about the most powerful way to beat depression and make sure doesn’t pop up in the future, because if I’m honest Jesus can turn your life around in an instant once you accept him in your heart.

I don’t know who said it or if someone has said this, but there’s no room for depression in your life when Jesus Christ is there.

Well, it’s just that…

Sounds like there’s an objection to my last statement.

Listen, I get it. I understand that this is a big step to take in your life. But remember that depression is as well a big deal.

Jesus wants that we have life and live abundantly and a life full of depression is not an abundant life. Period.

Just need to repent of your sins ask for forgiveness and if you ask with your heart, you’ll be able to feel his eternal love and forgiveness. From there Jesus will take charge of all your anxiety and depression.

My intention is not to give you a sermon on accepting Jesus (or not just that) as your savior but instead giving you reasons for hope and love that waiting on him is the best thing we can do to solve our depression problems.

As real and intense you feel the emotions of sadness, anxiety, and depression, that nobody gets, you also feel the emotions of love, hope, and faith when you believe and wait in him.

Everybody that have accepted Jesus in their heart and have faith in him can understand this.

11 Best Bible Verses to Fight Depression

bible verses to fight depression
Some bible verses to fight depression

Even if you don’t consider yourself a Christian, I know for sure that you ended up here because you were searching some inspiration against depression. Let’s face it, feeling depressed all the time it’s overwhelming and we need all the help we can get from all different sources.

I want you to know that you’re not alone in this fight and even God himself has left you his prescription against depression and anxiety in the Bible.

In this message, I want to give you some of the most powerful and inspiring Bible verses to fight depression.

Revelation 21:4 – And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

Psalms 34:18 – The LORD [is] nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

2 Timothy 1:7 – For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Proverbs 12:25 – Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.

Isaiah 41:10 – Fear thou not; for I [am] with thee: be not dismayed; for I [am] thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

Matthew 6:34 – Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Psalm 42:11 – Why, my soul, are you downcast?  Why so disturbed within me?  Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.

John 16:33 – These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Psalm 43:5 – Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

Psalm 55:22 – Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.

1 Peter 5:6-7 – Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

Whenever you feel down, depressed and with a lot of anxiety, just trust that there is someone who really cares about you, trust in these words because they are meant to those people that are righteous and hope that things are going to be better.

Personally, I love these bible verses against depression, because they are easy to remember and to apply, will help you a lot through all your life to keep them in your mind and get comfort whenever you’re feeling depressed.