Distressed, Depressed, or at Rest

If you look at the world, you'll be distressed. If you look within, you'll be depressed. If you look at God, you'll be at rest.

— Corrie Ten Boom —


I remember when I was living the first two sentences of this quote.

I was always caught up in the world, and what was going on around me, and depression and anxiety would come and go like the wind because I was way too dependent on the world for my state of mind.

Then, I began to live for the gifts a relationship with Jesus provides:

The gift of forgiveness for all my screw-ups was a great start…. shame and guilt could no longer depress me.

The gift of everlasting life gave me something to live and die for. No longer living for the world helped remove my distress and anxiety.

The gift of the Holy Spirit gave me a Power to connect to help me live a better life…suddenly right-acting days began to outnumber my wrong-acting (sin) days.

The gift of love which is not worth a darn unless it is shared…being called to love one another and doing it creates a peace that surpasses all understanding.

This is a daily walk for me, so I tap into Jesus and his awesome gifts and powers early and often daily.

My joy is no longer tied to my circumstances; I am grateful for that.

How are you today? Distressed, depressed, or at rest?

…it’s your choice.

1 John 2:15-17, “Do not love the world or anything in the world.  If you love the world, love for the Father is not in you.  For everything in the world–the cravings of sinful people, the lust of their eyes and their boasting about what they have and do–comes not from the Father but from the world.  The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.”



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