There is so much going on in the world that at times it can seem depressing. Working, studying, watching the news, keeping up appearances can be exhausting if we aren’t plugged into the source.
It can be so tempting to slip into a little black hole, I’ve done this so many times but less often lately. Before I get to that point, there are several things I try not to do, and I want to share that with you…
1. Don't be hard on yourself
There is a tendency to be your own worst critic, but try not to be too hard on yourself. We all make mistakes, and we all get it wrong sometimes, it’s part of the process, and it’s what makes us human.
Try not to judge or condemn yourself, especially concerning things that you cannot change or things out of your control. Be gentle and loving towards yourself, seeing yourself how Christ sees you.
2. Don't make important decisions
When you are feeling hopeless, depressed or just down & out, your expectations are lowered, your whole demeanour and mentality has changed. If important decisions are made with this mindset, you would potentially have to live with the consequences.
Important decisions should be made when our minds are fully submitted to the Word of God and not so wrapped up in our emotions. I.e., when your mind is on the weaker end of the spectrum, we tend to ‘settle for less’ and thereby living below the standards God has for us and even standards we have set for ourselves.
3. Don't swim in your past mistakes
I have to tell myself this on a daily basis. The past should remain in the past. What you have done is not who you are; your experience shouldn’t determine your future! You might hear this from other people, but the most important thing is that this becomes your mantra, you need to declare this every day – you are the righteousness of God.
Everything you have done has been washed clean by the blood of Jesus so why stress about the past? What’s done is done, receive healing, move forward, and live victoriously.
4. Don't doubt God
When everything in your life looks crazy, almost like an earthquake – be comforted and know that God sees it. Better yet, He saw it all even before it happened. Doubting God is like saying ‘God, are you sure you are capable?’
But the beauty is that He has done it already. Everything you have been through, everything you are currently going through and everything you are yet to go through is safely in His hands – don’t worry and don’t doubt.
5. Don't give up your peace
So many times I let go of my peace. I handed it to situations and circumstances. You can afford to let a lot of things go, but you cannot afford to let your peace go. Peace keeps you in a place of total reliance on God, knowing that He will do what He said He would do. It keeps you calm when things are rough.
It keeps your sanity in check, and I don’t know about you, but there were times I felt myself treading very close to the edge of sanity. Cast every anxiety, every worry, every fear, doubt, concern unto God because He cares. Our shoulders were not made to carry the weight of life’s burdens, but to give it to Jesus because His grace is sufficient.
Angie, also known as The Faith Blogger is passionate about God, writing and people! She is a Law graduate currently working in the legal field. Outside of work she runs a small charity; Devoted Project which is dedicated to providing care packages for the homeless.