In my early years, I suffered from bouts of depression. Unable to clearly communicate to others due to stuttering only complicated this issue. While in junior high, I considered suicide as a viable option. I guess at some point the Devil convinced me that my life was a lost cause.
For the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught, Proverbs 3:26.
One of the ways to escape depression is through regaining confidence. Unfortunately for me, I was volatile, fluctuating between cocky and worthless. Since the only thing I had going for me early on in life was sports, I lived and died with each game or result. This type of emotional roller coaster wasn’t healthy as I lacked the substance necessary to endure for the long haul.
Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God, 2 Corinthians 3:5.
In the lyrics of Remedy Drive’s song Resuscitate Me, there is a line which reminds individuals like me that my life is not a lost cause. Rather, when you enter into a relationship with Jesus, Romans 10:9-10, purpose and meaning is found. Instead of living a self serving life focused on a “what about me mentality,” Jesus takes lost sheep and shows them the way, John 14:6. Join me on this journey to convey to others “you’re not a lost cause.”
by Jay Mankus