Webster Dictionary defines miserable as wretchedly unhappy and uncomfortable. Wretchedly, yikes. While this word seems so horrible when defined, so many Christians deal with the feeling of being miserable.
Paul states in 1 Timothy 6:6-10, “ But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”
When we examine this text, we see that having godliness (being a Christian) with contentment is what moves us from the state of misery. I was visiting a church in Montgomery, AL with my sister and the preacher stated that if you battle depression you are selfish……when he stated that, I nearly went through the pew. I had never been told by anyone that my depression was because I was selfish. As I sat there, every moment of depression I had experienced flashed before me and I realized that the decision to be a miserable Christian was all because I was only thinking about myself. I then began to think, how does it feel for a 13 year old girl to have a Mother who lays around ALL day long, waddling in self-pity. That has to be horrible. I grew up in a home where my Mom smiled and sang songs all day long, I never knew she experienced pain until my 20’s. I thought everyday of her life was sunshine, but what I failed to realize is that she had far greater struggles and problems than I have but she choose to gain greatness by being godly and content. Let’s see what Webster Dictionary defines contentment as. Contentment is a state of happiness and satisfaction, gratification, and fulfillment. Wow, it says nothing about everything going in my favor, having a great partner, having extreme riches, having a platform, having children, having your dream home, having a degree, no it says none of these things that our depression tells us we should have in order to come out of our misery. It says we just have to be satisfied! Not complacent, but satisfied and grateful!
Philippians 4:4-8 states, “ Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”
These scriptures above leaves us no room to complain. We should always rejoice and live in the moment. Therefore, we will be able to pray and petition God so that our next moments will be better. If no more than better thinking. I challenge you right now to get out a piece of paper and write down 50 things that you are grateful for. It will begin to renew your mind and give you the peace that you need. I know that some seasons are so tough that it seems as if you are about to suffocate, but it is in those moments that you must begin to cling to the word of God. I pray that everyone who reads this and battles with depression begins to understand that there is a remedy for Miserable Christians….it’s called contentment.
Blessings to all!