God is not put off by your recognition that life is not what you want it to be. He is in it with you, more than you can know. The good news is, he is in the business of redemption, restoration, and re-creation. His good plans will far exceed your wishes. So live in grief for what you have lost, and live in anticipation for what will be. You are blessed.
I speak about depression. I write books. But shame exists deep within. Part of the reason (outside of the battle of the mind) is because the stigma is alive in churches. “You are less spiritual than others,’ my illness whispers in my ear. “You can’t be a Christian and depressed,” I believe the enemy chimes in.
Since depression is one of the leading disabling conditions today, it’s time to embrace the struggles and supports needed. Labeling is so crushing; it’s time for us to learn and listen to those in need. Additionally, it’s time to unite as a Christian community of care, not criticism. The following are seven common struggles, their symptoms, and ways to support.