I’ve recently started working on a book that I’ve tentatively entitled “Devotionals for Depressed Souls.” Basically I’m trying to align the false ideas that run rampant in my head with the truths of the Bible by working my way through the text and jotting down every instance of God’s love for humanity.
It’s a daunting task to be sure, but I feel compelled to do it not only for my own well-being, but because every time I mention this project to someone they say things like, “I’ve been depressed for years. I’m very interested in reading your book!” or “I feel like your book will help a lot of people.”
It’s humbling and exciting at the same time. I realized that I am obviously not the only person to have depressed thoughts and negative feelings. I don’t know the exact percentage of people who battle depression, but I can honestly say that about 90% of the people I’ve told about this project have told me they have battled it at some point in their life.
In addition, there was recently a study that showed most people today are less optimistic about the future than they were several years ago. I want to bring about change in that statistic. There is a LOT to be hopeful for, but we often don’t see it as plainly as we do the negative stuff.
Everyone I’ve spoken to about it feels that it would help out a lot of people – so I’m determined to make it work.
My one major hurdle? Overcoming my own negative thoughts (like: I can’t do this) and pushing onward. It’s very easy for a negative individual to give up on things. It’s very simple to just say “Oh, forget it” because it becomes difficult when we try to delve deeper. I know I’m in for some soul searching here and for some “ah ha!” moments.
The task is to compare a false thought (For example: God doesn’t love me) with a true statement (like: God sent his son for me.) But I need some help!
Calling all my negative nellies! I need the false thoughts that are ruining your mindset or the untrue statements banging around in your noggin. I know, after speaking to so many folks about this book, that it might be a collaborative effort. I want the book to benefit others and, hopefully, dispel some of your negative thinking along with my own.
But I need those thoughts to get started.
So… come on. Let me have it. Don’t be shy. Give me your negative thoughts and let’s see if we can turn them around. All comments welcome – you can use an alias if you want.