On Sad Runer, I want to be open and share the things that most people wouldn’t share about living with severe depression.
I’ve always been open about it. Even when most people didn’t get it, I was rarely ashamed to share my hurt because I refuse to acknowledge the stigma associated with depression. There is absolutely no stigma for me.
If you don’t get it, that’s fine. If you choose to use my severe depression as a reason to not befriend me, work with me, or trust me then, that’s fine too. In fact, if that is the case, we probably wouldn’t do well together to begin with. You just saved us both some time, there’s the door, see ya.
Why I’m open about living with severe depression
Why am I open about living with severe depression? Because others aren’t and I want them to be okay talking about it. I have depression and anxiety… any day I get through it is a good day.
But know that, though I have depression, ‘depressed’ is not all that I am. Depression and anxiety are one card in the hand dealt me. I have a family and a God who loves me. Even more, God still has a plan for my life.
That last point is very important. The Bible proves to us that we come from a long line of incredibly jacked up human beings.
Even David, a man after God’s own heart, was about as flawed as you can get. That guy is on the Mount Rushmore of God followers and his life was just as much a cautionary tale as it was a highlight reel.
Among the many things I’ve learned from scripture is that God loves screwed up people. Why wouldn’t he? We make great success stories.
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Depression hurts me, it hinders me, it slows me down – but it will never stop me. It shouldn’t stop you either.
I will remain open because I want to encourage you and remind you of the truth. God loves you, no matter what card you’ve been dealt.
Your depression doesn’t make you a liability to God. It makes you an even bigger asset for His glory.
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