FEAR vs DEPRESSION: Afraid to make a decision? Should I take this job, or the other? Should I marry this girl, or that one? Should I ask for a raise, or look for a new job? Or… this Church…or that one? We ALL… at some point, if not often… have to make tough decisions.
Sometimes we over-complicate easy decisions…making them un-necessarily harder; and worse, we sometimes take hard decisions too lightly, applying little to no thought as to the outcome, or consequences. Good vs. Evil. God vs. satan.
For the sake of brevity, I’ll leave out the moral implications to this subject – assuming everyone as having good morals.
While I make no attempt to minimize the fear involved in making “hard-decisions” … rather, I am suggesting that there is a connection between depression and fear. A person who has a history of depression, is more likely to be fearful of making tough decisions. A person who is “not easily” prone to depression, would not be as fearful of making the tough decision.
That said, if one could overcome depression, then they would more likely have eliminated their inclination to fear. I base all of this on my own abilities to handle depression, thus so….fear. I am very rarely depressed, and likewise… fear very little. I KNOW… I’m blessed.
Sure, I’d be fearful if I encountered a bear, tiger, hippo, or an alligator – but I handle these types of fear… by NEVER placing myself in the pathway of either. And, I might add… I avoid dark alleys. In this case… I’m talking about the day-to-day fears that effect the average person.
The bottom line: Love and Faith Conquers all. Deuteronomy 31:6 tells us to: Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” 2 Timothy 1:7 – For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
One major decision we all have to make… one… that too many of us take lightly, if not for granted. That being: How do we serve God? How do we serve one-another? How do we bring God’s will and our own will… into alignment? The second one… answers the first one. Because… it is in serving others that we are actually serving God. It’s the same as loving others as we love ourselves. Succeeding in this process, I promise… will bring our will into alignment with God’s Will.