Weekly Thought – July 22, 2014
Fred spent over seven years on dialysis. One of the common side effects is depression. Cancer patients often experience “chemo brain.” Dialysis produces a similar fuzziness and susceptibility to blue days. Never one to deny reality, Fred acknowledged these down periods, but fought hard to discipline his thinking and manage his situation.
Please continue to pray for BWFLI as we establish the schedule for 2015. Thank you for supporting us as we “stretch and bless the next generation of leaders… to the glory of God.” Thank you to those who have expressed interest in our multigenerational conversations. Further details will follow this fall.
Down, but not Out
Research shows a young man today is ten times more likely to be depressed than his father, and twenty times more than his grandfather. The artificial measures we put on our lives contribute greatly to this condition. Our faulty, “have it all” definition of success creates an atmosphere ripe for depression.
Our generation of materialism leads to degeneration.
The greatest defense against depression is gratitude – or so I have found. I once spoke to an audience with a severely disabled young man sitting on the front row. His attentiveness and response drew me to him. Afterwards he stayed to speak. When I asked about his physical condition he said, “Mr. Smith, I have a handicap; the handicap doesn’t have me.” (more…)