Do we choose to be overwhelmed? To suffer depression an anxiety? Yes and no.
Depression and anxiety are epidemic in our culture. Suicide, the most tragic possible end of these conditions, is all too common today, and the church has had a mixed and mediocre track record of dealing with it.
About six or seven years ago, I entered a period of depression and anxiety that I didn’t see coming, and didn’t recognized until I was in fairly deep. I had made the choice to say yes to “opportunities” that wound up crowding God and other people out of my life, and I descended into a bit of a pit. My soul suffered. My wife and kids suffered. My church suffered.
After moving to the west coast and getting plugged into a church and a small group that forced us to get real, I finally began to understand where I was and make the slow and difficult climb out of the valley. I’d been overwhelmed.
What does overwhelmed look like in the life of a Christian?
First, you can’t keep God happy, so you stop trying, or at least slow down. Prayer becomes minimal. Our problem is that we…Continue Reading