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Taking Initiative Against Depression

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My post for tonight is taken straight from Oswald Chamber’s daily devotional “My Utmost for His Highest”. He wrote, “Arise and eat. —1 Kings 19:5

The angel in this passage did not give Elijah a vision, or explain the Scriptures to him, or do anything remarkable. He simply told Elijah to do a very ordinary thing, that is, to get up and eat…”
Simple? Yes! Yet profound…
Sometimes the only thing that God requires of us to do, is,  DO the NEXT thing. The most godly thing we are called for, most times, is, our next task… No matter how ordinary, mundane, insignificant they all seem to be, yet, we are called to just do the one thing, at one time, the NEXT thing…
What is your NEXT thing?
Is it feeding the baby? Cooking for the family? Washing and drying? Picking up your child from school? Teaching subjects? Filing and paperwork? Looking into the financial affairs of your family? Whatever it is…do it, with a spirit of excellence and faithfulness.
Oswald Chamber further said, “…If we were never depressed, we would not be alive— only material things don’t suffer depression. If human beings were not capable of depression, we would have no capacity for happiness and exaltation.”
Now let’s talk about our capacity for happiness and exaltation. We are created with a capacity. A capacity to be Something. Someone… A capacity to feel something, many things…
Yet, at times, in motherhood, it doesn’t look that neat, does it? When you are in the grind of doing the daily, life may seem to pass you by with the ordinary, doesn’t it? Yet isn’t this capacity something that makes us fully alive? So many times we look for what we are not, what we don’t have, to be happy…we compare ourselves with our friends, in the hope of finding that one happy pill, that will fix the boredom, the restless in us…yet, “When the Spirit of God comes to us, He does not give us glorious visions, but He tells us to do the most ordinary things imaginable.” Where we look outside for the glamorous, God teaches us to look upward for the glorious. Even within the confines of your home, in the ordinariness of your routine, you can mine the gold, you can till the ground.
Speaking about being bored and under fulfilled at home, it is so assuring to remember the words of Paul in Titus 2:3-5: “3 Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.”
We are, by position, called to be Managers of Our Homes… Ones that bring calm from chaos…restore order with our organisation…replenish love with our attention…bring children up with our admonition and create beauty with our creativity…
” Depression tends to turn us away from the everyday things of God’s creation. But whenever God steps in, His inspiration is to do the most natural, simple things— things we would never have imagined God was in, but as we do them we find Him there.”
The everyday things of God’s creation…the things that we find Him thereThe soft touch of a little child’s hand, the fluffy kisses of all their wet lips…therein we find God’s love… The mundaneness of our ordinary days, the predictability of routines for small people…there lies His certainty… The hard work that goes into one mama’s day, the time she spends bending over the stove, wiping the kitchen, mopping the floor, there we find His loving sacrifice, for our forgiveness and fulfilment today…
“The inspiration that comes to us in this way is an initiative against depression…”
What are you doing today to combat depression? What is your one NEXT thing?
“But we must take the first step and do it in the inspiration of God…”
An inspiration that is from God, not born out of our flesh, not birthed out of our own frustration, or the need to perform, or the hunger for validation, or the desire for accolades…but,
“…when the Spirit of God leads us instinctively to do something, the moment we do it the depression is gone. As soon as we arise and obey, we enter a higher plane of life.”
Let us enter into that higher plane of life…available for all who wish to live extraordinary ordinary lives.
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