Thoughts on life from Pat Oaks
For some reason, I have been hearing about a lot of people who fight depression recently. Many look to artificial stimulants to overcome the depression. That only makes it worse, but by the time they figure that out, they are addicted.
Tommy once told a story in one of his sermons years ago, that has stuck with me.
A woman came to a preacher and told him she was fighting depression. He started meeting with her for counseling. One week when she was supposed to come, he told her he had to stop at the hospital and visit and pray with some people. He asked her if she would like to meet him there and then they could go back to the church for their session. She surprisingly agreed.
When they got to the hospital, he decided to divide the visits with her. He told her to just ask if the people needed anything and to pray with them, then handed her her half and they parted.
About an hour or so later they met up again in the parking lot. The woman said "oh preacher. What a wonderful day this has been! I can't remember when I have felt so alive and so joyful!"
The preacher said "well, praise God! We have found the cure for your depression."
The woman got very quiet. Then she said, "you don't expect me to do this every week do you?"