Living In Despair | Leader

What a week…business problems, church problems, people problems. It seems all of a sudden that nothing but problems are in my life.

A few months ago, I felt as if our business was unstoppable, boy was I wrong. Business has slowed almost to a stop. I do see the light at the end of the tunnel, but I just hope it’s not a train. 

The strains of the church have taken hold as well. With the economy, the world problems and individual struggles, people are starting to become depressed and despaired. In which comes with lots of counsel.   

Distracting My Focus | Falling into Despair

With all this going on it has taken my focus off of God and placed it on “me.” Not a good place to be. I don’t know about you, but when I do that, depression and desperation kick in. This seems to be where the whole world is right now. We are all so focused on ourselves we have forgotten others are suffering as well. We are focused on the physical instead of the spiritual. This is where Satan wants us because now he’s in control. Our focus is off of God and focus on us gives Satan the opportunity to play games with our minds, thus depression and desperation. 

So yesterday, as I am wallowing in my own pity, a ministry opportunity came about, and I was able to help someone who was in need. This person was in desperate need of some help, counsel, and prayer. I was able to help, and for a moment all my depression and despair went away. It was a wonderful feeling. 

Imagine if just for a moment we took all our self-centered focus and placed it on those around us. How awesome would it be? Imagine how little depression and desperation there would be in the world.

The Power of the Word | Escaping Despair

Now imagine if we stayed in the word every day, we applied the word to our lives, and we remained focused on the other around us. That’s a world I want to live in. Any time we take our focus off of God, sooner or later the depression and despair will appear.

So try this with me. Let’s all stay in the word, keep our focus on God and others and see how you and I feel then. Let me know the success you have. I would bet it’s a better place than being depressed and despaired. I saw a glimpse of that yesterday.  

Psalm 32:7 (NASB95) “You are my hiding place; You preserve me from trouble; You surround me with songs of deliverance.

Author: Jody Burkeen, the founder of Man Up God’s Way.

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