s a d l y i n v i s i b l e
Depression is quite often a form of invisible pain. Others cannot easily see, feel, understand, or believe it. It is a deeply unique, personal form of pain that attacks the spirit and emotions.
Invisible pain (spirit) is just as horribly debilitating as visible pain (body). Few healthy people are aware of this. Kind gentle folk who would never dream of demanding that a crippled person perform normal tasks will not hesitate to impatiently “admonish” a depressed person “for their own good.” Why are you so lazy? They are unwisely ignorant of how such cruelly destructive words and attitudes might harmfully push someone toward giving up on the inside (even though that person may have already courageously tried to keep going–for a very long time).
Pain by its very nature cripples and incapacitates a person. Continuous pain is utterly exhausting; constant pain means you will be constantly tired. Severe pain means you will be barely able to move or even think straight. It is IMPOSSIBLE for someone in chronic or excruciating pain to live and function as a normal human being.
Living with depression means that you must learn to accept your truly diminished capacities, while strengthening your inner determination to faithfully do those remaining things that you are still able to do! Make sure that those things concern Christian basics, and you will do as well in God’s eyes as the poor temple widow of Mark 12.
Fight your natural responses, which always involve giving up and engaging in destructive behavior.
Learn to be content with lesser abilities, slower progress, and a harder life. Focus on what you can do, not what healthy people can do. Try to be as honest as possible with yourself and others about what you can or can’t do.
solid gospel fact = firm determination
The chief practical requirement of Christianity, attacking your personal sins, is very hard. Your evil nature will never “want” to do godly things. Force yourself to behave because of the gospel. Paul calls this faith (Romans 1). James calls this actions (James 2). Jesus simply calls it repentance (Matthew 4).
ALWAYS KEEP TRYING TO OBEY GOD AS LONG AS THE RELIABLY PROVEN GOSPEL REMAINS LIFE’S MOST CERTAIN AND UNCHANGE- ABLE FACT.