There is nothing that wastes the body like worry."
Courage is not the lack of fear but the ability to face it."
John B. Putnam Jr.
Love looks forward, hate looks back, anxiety has eyes all over its head."
Grateful = thankful, appreciatve, mindful of, indebted, beholden, filled with gratitude. May I be grateful today."
I was encouraged as I read an article about Rick Warren’s first message since his son’s suicide. I wrote about depression a few months ago shortly after the tragic event. Since then, I’ve continued to think and pray about how the stigma associated with mental illness could be eliminated. I was encouraged when I saw this quote in Pastor Warren’s article:
Saddleback’s next big ministry push will be to remove the stigma associated with mental illness in the church. “Your illness is not your identity, your chemistry is not your character,”he told people struggling with mental illness. To their families, he said, “We are here for you, and we are in this together.” There is hope for the future: “God wants to take your greatest loss and turn it into your greatest life message.”
I’m looking forward to reading more about how Rick Warren leads his congregation through this cloud of darkness that has been covering the Church for so many years.
I often feel very grateful to God that I have undergone fearful depression. I know the borders of despair and the horrible brink of that gulf of darkness into which my feet have almost gone. But hundreds of times I have been able to give a helpful grip to brethren and sisters who have come into that same condition, which grip I could have never been given if I had known their despondency. So I believe that the darkest and most dreadful experience of a child of God will help him to be a fisher of men if he will but follow Christ."
Charles H. Spurgeon