SOURCES OF DEPRESSION (PART 1)

Depression is a crippling ailment that robs good folks of their full potential. A depressed mind is a frustrating predicament which obscures optimism and purpose. It is difficult seeing the sunshine through an impenetrable cloud. Fortunately, there are solutions to the despairing disease we call depression which are primarily connected to the root cause.

DEPRESSION OF DEPLETED FINANCES

Accumulating a lot of debt is a chief source of depression. Depressing is when bill collectors are calling (threatening) when there is no money. Not enough for bills, food, clothes, gas, doctors, vacation, or recreation. Even worse is when there are threats of eviction, repossession, or litigation which can seem insurmountable. You live the Christian life trying to “owe no man anything” (Rom.13:8), but the struggle is real. What are you to do?

First understand one major reason many remain broke and in debt is due to covetousness. To our detriment, we often struggle behind a lifestyle we cannot afford trying to live above our means. Everything on credit which is how many bought the car, the clothes, the furniture, the appliances, and so forth. If you could afford it, you would have paid cash for most of it. See, our covetousness writes checks we cannot pay for. Then we are only one sickness, layoff, or termination from losing all we have worked for. We need to be reminded that the accumulation of material stuff is not what defines us. Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of things which he possesseth” (Lk. 12:15).

Then learn and practice contentment. There is nothing wrong with wanting and trying to have better things and a better life. But make sure you are appreciative of the life and blessings you have now (Eph.5:20). Chances are if you are unhappy now, you will be unhappy later even if you obtain your heart’s desires, for covetousness is never satisfied. Being satisfied is contentment which is peace of mind. “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content” (Phil.4:11; cf. vs.6-7).

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