Depression is one of the biggest topics of the last decade and but among young people especially young Christians, it’s severely ignored. Young Christians are often in a state of hysteria, navigating the troubles of our society while keeping up with the faith takes its toll on a young mind but the world doesn’t know this and sadly it’s the Christian world that tends to ignore this the most.
As a young Christian, I have also battled depression. Dozens of times I’ve questioned my beliefs, and doubted myself, sometimes I would ask myself what is my purpose or do I even have any purpose. Have I been making the correct decisions in my life? All these questions are very delicate and so many young Christians like myself are having a hard time finding the answers to these questions.
It takes divine intervention, the grace of God, and the embrace of our loved ones in all areas of our lives to find the answers to these questions. You become detached from friends and family and the concept of faith starts looking unreal. To everyone reading this, I say to you, that you’re not alone and your worries are only momentary. There will always be highs and lows but those lows will only make the highs feel better when the time comes.
As Christians we will always be tested. I believe Christians face the most difficult times in society, and often our personal lives conflict with our faith and we tend to contradict ourselves to keep up with society. Navigating social media, relationships, academic pressure, personal Identity, societal expectations, and a rapidly changing world, poses a silent but ever-present threat to our faith. But I believe we have been allowed to be great in life as Christians because we are God’s children and even though we face trials and tribulations as long as we remain steadfast in our faith we will be victorious.
A lot is expected of a young person even before we are of age. Academic pressure sets in once we become aware of what academic success is. Societal expectations and social media induce more pressure because as a person society measures us by the level of success we have achieved and hardly anyone cares about the means of the struggles you faced to achieve that success. We look at successful people on social media and we are plunged into an ocean of thoughts and our emotions run wild. These emotions when unchecked damage our mental health and our relationship with God
The world is changing every day and no decade is the same as the last one. These days as younger people we are eager to be successful, we want to achieve in our 20s what our parents achieved in their 30s. This makes our lives a rollercoaster of impatience, an endless stream of attempts, and only a few successes. Of course, this isn’t mostly our fault but that of our surroundings, parents or family are looking up to us to be better than they were and to be greater both I’m Christ and in society without considering the effort it will take nor the result of failure on a young person’s mental health, this eventually leads to depression.
When our mind is overrun with sadness and depression creeps in, a person might feel like he or she has been all about God and not improving, I implore such a person to keep on leaning on God. The bible says God is the greatest physician and God is closest to us when we are at our lowest. Let’s learn to lean on God through the scriptures. Be consistent with supportive biblical verses and never be so upset that you will forget to pray. Also, let us learn to be content and accept things for what they are. This doesn’t mean we should give up on our ambitions but rather we become composed in our struggle, be less erratic and be more confident in our future, and avoid comparison with successful peers even if others compare us to people who have found success.
Matthew 5:11–12: “Blessed are ye when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you” (KJV). This text reminds us that God is with us even when we have no one else.
Isaiah 40:31: “But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint”. This text assures us that as long as we are committed to God we will always prevail.
Other texts like Psalm 34:17-18, Isaiah 41:10, John 15:7, and Psalms 37:5, will help overcome your doubts and strengthen you against depression.
The Bible says commit everything to me and I will help you. Do not be afraid to talk about your worries, you are not alone for the one who made us is ever ready to listen. It doesn’t matter where your peers are, it doesn’t matter if your pace is slower than your counterparts, it is only slow to the human eye. To God you’re on a path to greatness so give all to him, all your worries and afflictions and he will rid you of them.
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