OK. I get it. That title is pretty provocative.
But ask yourself, how many times have you thought you were depressed? I would imagine if most people were honest, they would have to admit that at least at one point or another in their life, they have felt depressed. How about you?
Mayo Clinic defines depression as, "...a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest." Frankly, just reading that makes me kind of sad. I mean, really, I can now think of dozens, NO, hundreds of times, I have felt that way. But wait, I am not depressed! I am happy, energetic, full of purpose and, most importantly, know that God loves me and has a plan for my life.
Don't get me wrong. The fact is there are millions of people around the world who can be clinically diagnosed as depressed. Depression is a very real thing.
Common signs and symptoms of depression in children and teenagers include sadness, irritability, feeling negative or worthless, anger, poor performance or poor attendance at school, feeling misunderstood and extremely sensitive, using recreational drugs or alcohol, eating or sleeping too much, self-harm, loss of interest in normal activities, and avoidance of social interaction. If you are routinely experiencing this symptoms and believe you may be depressed, you need to stop reading this post, pray and then get some help right now by calling your doctor or a mental health professional. After you get it, come back and finish reading.
A Simple Observation
Grab your bible and head over to the Old Testament book of 1 Samuel, chapter 16. There came a time when God wasn't happy with King Saul and wanted Samuel to go and anoint a new one. He found himself at the home of a guy named Jesse where he took a look at Jesse's seven older sons to no avail and finally got to his youngest son David. Yeah, that David.
Samuel took a flask of oil and anointed David as king. And the bible says that "the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David from that day on." I bring that up because of the next sentence in verse 14 that connects the topic of this blog. It states, "Now the Spirit of the Lord had left Saul, and the Lord sent a tormenting spirit that filled him with depression and fear." Did you see that? His dep