There is no need to be ashamed that you’re passing through a period of depression. It simply means that you’re finding it more than usually difficult to handle some disappointment that came your way.
So accept your depression as real for the moment but it is a phase in life that will pass.
Do not believe the lie, “Everybody is against me and no one cares for me.” During depression self-pity will be at its peak. Do not fall for this trap. Even if no one cares for you, God does. His resources are infinite and he will bring people to you who can help you. Be also encouraged for these are the promises of God:
“Can a mother forget the baby at hear breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!”
“Cast all your anxiety on him [God] because he cares for you.”
“Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you.”
“The LORD is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
Thereofore never lose sight of your dream.
“Yet there’s not much to do, but to bury a man
When the last of his dreams is dead.” So wrote a poet*.
So you should never lose sight of your goals and dreams just because the going is stormy at the moment.
Those who are in depression often think about giving up on life. It is a mad and murderous thought. It is important that you open up and talk with someone whom you trust. You need to know that life is worth holding on to in spite of all the struggles you are passing through right now.
My dear friend, even when everything seems hopeless, guard the flame of your life from getting snuffed out by the wind. Put your hope in God and you will find strength to go on.
*William Herbert Carruth, from Each In His Own Tongue: and Other Poems (1908). Ghosts of Dreams.
Bible Quotes: Isaiah 49:15, 1 Peter 5:7, Isaiah 54:10. Psalm 34:18 (NIV).