Victory Over Depression Blog

(Healing & Victory Through Jesus Christ)

“GET BUSY LIVING” or “GET BUSY DYING”

This is an invaluable statement to reflect upon. It is a quote from the movie The Shawshank Redemption, stated by Morgan Freeman’s character about the mental state of a prisoner when he becomes “institutionalized” in the prison system for an extended period.

The same is true for each one of us to the daily challenges of life. Depending on our thoughts and choices, we either focus on the positive or the negative more often. For those with depression, the challenge is harder to overcome. That is where Jesus comes in. Jesus stated that in this world we will have trouble (John 16:33), but through Jesus we can overcome the world and its pressures.

We each have a choice.
“Get Busy Living” is the consistent choices to keep our eyes on Jesus and let Him live His life through us. Jesus is the Christian life. Only He can live it. The Christian life then begins to make sense and become more enjoyable. The Christian life becomes exciting. “Get Busy Living” is choosing a relationship with Jesus Christ over the burdening trials that can easily overwhelm.

“Get Busy Dying” is looking at the negativity of adverse circumstances and accepting them as the norm. You sort of become stigmatized and withdraw yourself into your own little fantasy world. You withdraw from The Land Of The Living. You pretty much give of hope to live a normal life. It is possible.

Have you ever felt like this? I have during many dark years of deep depression. The living I was doing was making me die mentally.

So the choice is yours. Get Busy Living or Get Busy Dying.

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