A 30 Day Plan for Conquering Depression.
Twenty years ago this week, I sat in my car on a dark street staring through my fogged car window at the house across the street. Probably built in the 1940’s the house was once the home of a wealthy native of my city. A porch swing stirred in the autumn breeze and the setting sun painted the eaves of the second floor in red and orange hues. The setting was serene and a bit surreal. For although the exterior of the house invoked memories of a Mayberry idyllic existence, the interior of this house was filled with pain.
Six weeks had passed since I had fallen into the deepest, darkest depression of my life. Over the past few weeks, I had found some courage to face the world again. I had put aside an unreasonable fear and gone back to church. But, unlike my depressive episodes in the past, this time I had promised my wife, Sherry, I would get help. It was time to get better.
Now, however, I felt a shadow fall over my resolve. With the engine turned off, the cold and darkness crept into my car. Doubts filled my mind. Did I really need this kind of help? I was doing so much better. Go home, I thought. Go back to your world. There is nothing wrong with you!
Let me say this very clearly. When you are dealing with depression, it is so easy to have this conversation with yourself. It is often on the cusp of success that we find it so easy to stumble right back into defeat! Why? Because in those dark shadows of doubt, we lose sight of hope. Hope is one of the most powerful forces at our disposal in defeating depression. Let’s face it, depression and hopelessness are synonymous. They go hand in hand.
As I sat in my car that fateful night I almost gave into hopelessness. A small voice whispered doubt in my ears. Want to know where that voice came from? The adversary. The father of lies. The author of chaos and destruction. The destroyer of life! As many of you who know me and have heard my presentation at our Conquering Depression Seminar, whenever that voice speaks you stop. STOP! And ask that most important question, “What is the Lie?” What lie have you bought into? It is ultimately a lie of hopelessness, helplessness, defeat, doubt, fear, and ultimately spiritual and physical death! Don’t listen to that voice anymore! Speak up against it and claim HOPE AGAIN!
That night, God gave me the strength and the hope to step out of my car and walk across that street and through that front door and up a set of stairs into the room with my new counselor. It was a huge turning point in my life. For my counselor, Ron, taught me the power of that question. The power of truth, not lies. The Power of Hope!
Mark and I want to encourage you to find Hope Again. Through our book and through our Conquering Depression Seminar, we want to help you find an ultimate, unending, overflowing source of hope in your fight against depression. Don’t give in to the darkness, doubt and fear. Embrace Hope Again!
Join us this Saturday for our Conquering Depression Seminar at Brookwood Baptist Church from 9 AM to Noon. Register on this site at the Seminar tab. If you’re not sure you can make it, we will take walk ins! Don’t despair! We want to give you Hope Again!