B. Keith Haney: How Depression Robs Us of Our True Identity

Depression is a topic that I want to approach carefully. Many people I know and care deeply about have and are dealing with depression. There are many misconceptions about depression. One of the biggest myths is that depression means you’re sad.

Truth: People may think depression is just a case of the blues, but its symptoms are wide-ranging and can manifest themselves physically. Common ones are feeling sad, empty, or hopelessness, feeling like you can’t get out of bed, completely losing your appetite, and sleeping too much or too little.

“Another one is psychomotor agitation, which is feeling like you can’t sit still or psychomotor reduction, which is when it seems like you’re living in slow motion,” says Goldfine. Excessive fatigue and anhedonia, a.k.a when you no longer enjoy things you used to find pleasurable, also make the list.1Depression feeds the mind with an identity entirely contrary to how God sees us and would describe us. For example, in Psalm 139, the psalmists says, “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.”

In Ephesians 2:10, Paul uses the term workmanship to describe our identity, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” The term does not do the Greek word justice. The word translated workmanship means, “a thing of God’s making”; “handiwork.” Here it refers to the spiritual creation, not the physical.2 Paul is reminding us that we are God’s masterpiece, the crown jewel of His creation.

Depression causes people to devalue what God has created; to force people to see themselves as not important, even irrelevant. You were designed for a purpose. You have a higher calling. Often you are in a place mentally where survival is all you can muster. The emptiness you feel inside is not what God desires for you. He wants to fill you with His love and joy, but depression robs you of that ability to feel that joy and to know that love.

Joy can return.

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Source: Christian Post