How to Get Up When You are Down
1 Kings 19:1-8
1. I am beginning a series of messages entitled, ''How to Deal With How You Feel.'' I purposely begin with depression. Because depression is America's number one emotional disorder. One out of every eight people listening to me, are in some state of depression this morning.
2. Now there is a difference between ordinary sadness, which we all experience from time to time, and out and out depression. There is a difference between having the ''blahs'' and having the ''blues.''
3. Elijah wasn't just sad - he was depressed. Now what is the difference? Dr. Aaron T. Beck has stated that depression differs from sadness in that it is more intense, it lasts longer, and it significantly interferes with effective day-to-day functioning.
4. Psychologists have described depression this way: ''A feeling of helplessness and hopelessness that leads to intense sadness.''
5. Now if you are depressed I want to say, first of all, you are not unusual. Years ago there was a young midwestern lawyer who suffered such deep depression that for a while his friends kept all knives and razor blades away from him for fear that he might commit suicide. During this time of his depression, he wrote these words: ''I am now the most miserable man living. Whether I shall ever be better, I cannot tell. I awfully forebode that I shall not.''
6. This same man later wrote: ''I am now the most miserable man living. If what I feel were equally distributed to the whole human family, there would not be one cheerful face on earth. To remain as I am is impossible. I must die or be better.'' The man who wrote those words was none other than Abraham Lincoln.
7. Winston Churchill, perhaps the greatest Prime Minister in the history of Great Britain, the man who was famous for saying, ''Never give up, never, never, never, never give up,'' called depression a ''black dog'' that followed him all of his life. Some of ...
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