Whom Are You Listening To?
It took me many years to realize that other people’s opinions & happiness made me feel more depressed & worthless.
I’ve come to realize that many Christians today continue to let their self-worth be determined by the negative opinions of other people (including Christians.)
When one is severely depressed, he/she has not responded properly to many years of adverse circumstances and trials. (This adversity can also include normal, daily chores.) He begins to accept the negativity and condemnation as normal. So it’s not surprising that it can take a lengthy period of time to overcome the negative, depressing thoughts & self-image man have put themselves under.
That was my situation for over 30 years, including 17 years as a born again Christian. There are still times that the old negative thoughts try to come back to haunt me, but I have a choice to reject them.
The key to my victory was understanding JESUS LIVING IN ME. With Jesus living in, I have a new life, a new heart, a new identity as a child of God, and NEW, CONSISTENT VICTORY.
You have a choice with depression. When you let someone else opinion affect you (whether positive or negative). you give them control over your life.
We all have authority to control our own destiny. Sure it takes time, but like a baby learning to walk – one step at a time is how we go. When the baby falls, he doesn’t sit there wallowing in depression. He gets up and walks again. He repeats this every time he falls.
Be encouraged. You have a choice. Do it one day at a time, one step at a time, one minute at a time. Remember to keep cutting off the negativity as much as possible everyday.
YOU ARE WORTH IT.