Death, financial worries and illness are the 3 most common trials that trigger depression. If any of these obstacles linger or are replaced by another debilitating force, its hard to remain optimistic. Thus, learning to get back up when life knocks you down begins with words of encouragement.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. – Galatians 6:9-10
In the moment of his greatest distress, David sought refuge in a cave within Adullam. When his friends heard of his despair, they joined him to uplift David’s spirits. Unable to stand on his own, David was able to get back up, inspired by their camaraderie. Subsequently, a rejuvenated soul compelled David to become their leader.
All those who were in distress or in debt or discontented gathered around him, and he became their commander. About four hundred men were with him. – 1 Samuel 22:2
After I lost my job on New Year’s Day 2012, I was crushed. I felt like I had just been punched in the gut, without any warning. However, 2 close friends stood by me in these days of darkness. One brought my family a meal that night and another scheduled a time to meet weekly. Through the good and bad, the friends God provides in times of need have helped me get back up when life has knocked me down.
by Jay Mankus