Many behavioral experts say it is perfectly normal to get the “blues” occasionally. The causes of depression are likely far more numerous than most know. Its seriousness varies greatly. Some Christians believe that no one who trusts God will ever be depressed, but that’s not necessarily the case.
Missionary Lou Seckler suggested several steps to help overcome the blues for those who are facing the more routine kind of depression we all experience from time to time. Here are a few of them.
1. Accept the fact you are God's creation. Many persons would like to be different, and spend time and money in the process. It’s good to take good care of your appearance, but when it becomes an obsession, you get depressed.
2. Accept God's forgiveness. When you don't believe God can forgive you — depression sets in. As you find sins in your life, confess them. "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us" (1 John 1:9).
3. Remember Paul's words of encouragement. "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength" (Philippians 4:13). God's power is working in you and through you, even when you don't see it or feel it.
4. Try visualizing how God is perfecting you. Resist the temptation to think about yourself as a failure. We all have failed in one way or another. Think of yourself as someone growing in Christ.
5. "Seek first the Kingdom of God." Jesus made it clear that you cannot sell out to greed or selfishness. Kingdom business should come first; God has promised to provide for your needs.
6. Surrender your life to God and serve people. To a depressed lady, a friend suggested that she should give away her orchids to a nursing home nearby. When she died, the headline in the local paper said: "Orchid lady dies leaving hundreds of friends."
7. Always be thankful. A spirit of thanksgiving is present one day in November. Why not prolong that feeling throughout the year?
None of us can be assured we will never get the blues. But we can keep depression from controlling our lives. The most successful way is to trust in God and follow his will to the best of our ability. This will not only help us to be more content; it will also help bring glory to the Lord.