I overheard someone say that this time of year can be the most difficult and depressing time for a lot of people.
The holidays, Christmas and New Year’s, are over and the real world has started back up in earnest.
Maybe you’re one of those feeling blue. Maybe you feel like everyone else has gone back to their lives and forgotten about you. Or maybe you feel like no one has ever noticed you.
Maybe you’re fretting about where you are in life and wondering if you’ll always be stuck there.
You spend a lot of time, maybe too much time, thinking about yourself and your problems.
The solution? Is it to get over yourself?
I think not.
I think the solution is to get out of yourself. Go and serve others who are in a worse position than you.
I volunteer at Room in the Inn, a ministry that gives homeless men a place to sleep and a warm meal on bitterly cold nights.
I don’t say that because I’m so sanctimonious and holy. I say it because I’ve often been the one who needed an adjustment in my perspective.
Here are men who have way less than me, who are dealing with struggles and issues that I’ve never even dreamed of, yet many of whom have a way better outlook on life than I do (most of the time).
Often in serving, you seek to bless only to find yourself the one being blessed. You seek to minister and find that you are the one being ministered to instead.
Those who complain and who are bitter are usually the ones who aren’t serving. The ones who are serving find they have little time to spare for griping and cynicism. They also find that you can never outgive God or bless more than you are blessed, and that has a way of changing your outlook.
Also, sometimes depression can be more than just being discouraged. Sometimes, it’s a chemical imbalance issue. Never be ashamed to get help. Never be ashamed to confess what you’re going through to trusted friends.
Remember that God is with you in this to the very end. And beyond.