What is depression? Is it just the blues we all seem to get every now and then? Is it a problem that a few of us have to be hospitalized for? Is it just the wrong spirit talking?

What if I told you that it was a rather simple problem? You’ve heard it before. God has called each of us for a purpose. You have your purpose, and I have mine. I believe most of us know what our purposes are. But, if you don’t, you have to talk to God to find out. It seems to me that most, if not all, cases of depression come about for a few simple reasons. One: you may not be following your calling. Or two: you might be straying from your path.

Let’s start with one. There are several reasons that you aren’t following your path. There’s the ones aspect of self-doubt. This one is easier to solve in thought, than in deed. You have to remember that if God is for you, who can stand against you. Like I said, it’s easier to think or say this. Actually remembering it takes a lot of work.

Another reason that you might not be following your calling has two or more different views. An outside force is stopping you, or more likely stalling you. This can be found in family members, and is usually done with the innocent thought of protecting you. This one is usually a stall, and if you show that you have a back-up plan, they usually relent. If not, they may have their own plans for your life, and that one you’ll have to take up with God.

Another stall can come from your lack of education. This is the easiest to fix. Gain education. Simple right? Just remember to educate yourself towards your calling, and not towards the Kardashians.

That leaves our stop, or attempted stop. These are people who don’t want you to succeed. This can only be solved by finding a way to carry on while the world seems against you. It won’t make you feel any better to know that these people are usually afraid that you’ll take their place in the spotlight.

Now that we’ve faced the path to our calling, how do we keep from straying from it. Well, you don’t. Sometimes straying from your calling is more of a learning journey. The true danger is in never returning to the path.

We’ve seen people like this. They know what their callings are, and yet, they have gotten stuck on a side journey. They have lost the light that was leading them on along their paths. Jesus is there, trying to pull them back, yet they don’t move for any number of reasons.

Here’s the hard part. If you find yourself in this situation, one way or another, you have to get back on track. If you don’t, you’ll just get bitter.

I know, you’ll find all sorts of reasons why you should stay where you are. The thing is, most of those reasons will be born of fear. Your calling is from God. If He is with you, who can stop you, other than yourself.

God wants us to succeed in our callings. His is out there, trying to lead us on our paths. Sometimes we get too eager and run ahead, leaving us discouraged, so we have to run back to the Light. Other times, we get distracted by the ‘shinies,’ so we have to run to catch up. Yes, He’ll lead us down side-roads so we can learn our crafts, we just have to learn to keep following Him back to the main road. If we do all this, then depression won’t be able to retain it’s hold over us. I won’t promise that you’ll never be depressed. After all, we are children in God’s eyes. And anyone who has spent any length of time with children knows how easy it is for a child to wander off.


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