Laughter can conceal a heavy heart, but when the laughter ends, the grief remains.
Proverbs 14:13 NLT
This face has brought the world an overflowing dose of laughter for over 30 years. Regretfully, Robin Williams’ life ended Monday.
Depression is nothing to take lightly and I am, by no means, an expert on the topic. This post is not about a specific celebrity’s death. I’ve struggled with depression during a season in my life, you may have battled with it yourself, currently going through it, or know someone that has. There are even examples in the Bible that show us depression can strike anyone. King Solomon suffered a season, as did King David and Job, just to name a few. Rich, poor, young, old, man, woman, just and unjust. It can happen to anyone.
Is anyone crying for help? God is listening, ready to rescue you.
Psalm 34:17 MSG
My heart behind this post is for us to make others aware of the impact that they have on our lives; to take some time to love on one another; to help someone see the beauty we see in them, and what God sees in them. I want to encourage you (and myself) to be intentional with letting your friends, family, and even co-workers know exactly how their life impacts the world around them. Especially you as an individual.
You can verbalize your thoughts over a lunch conversation or, better yet, a written, tangible note for them to keep in their wallet and read from time to time. And instead of the letter starting with, “You were an incredible woman because…”, it will start with, “You are an incredible woman because…”.
We don’t have to wait until a eulogy is required. May we see ourselves the way our Heavenly Father sees us – created in His image, a beautiful and priceless masterpiece, marked with a purpose that will bring Him glory.
If you are struggling with depression, please do not suffer in silence. God is our hope when we are in trouble. Light will always outshine darkness. It may not happen overnight but continue to fix your eyes on God’s love for you and the power He has to rescue. Reach out to your family, friends or someone in your home church that can point you in the right direction for help. Make it known to someone you trust. You are never alone in this.
Why are you down in the dumps, dear soul?
Why are you crying the blues? (I will) fix my eyes on God. Soon I’ll be praising again.
He puts a smile on my face.
He is my God.
Psalm 42:11 MSG
You are loved, thought of, and prayed for.