Overcoming Stress & Depression
You can live a stress-free life surrounded by debts and dysfunctional relationships. You can be composed after an embarrassing job loss and dramatic business failure. You can lose everything you have and everyone you know and not lose yourself. You can be diagnosed with a ‘terminal illness’ and not go berserk.
It is not easy to maintain your calm when a house you’ve paid 75% through sweat and blood gets auctioned and you’re back to ground zero. It is very troubling when your best man takes advantage of your spouse. It is very distressing to have exceptional skills, expertise, talents and papers and never secure a stable job.
Nothing is more troubling than the love of your life walking out on you and moving in with your best friend. Life can throw you off-course when your mother curses you and your godmother works your downfall. It is immeasurably heartbreaking when your imprisoned drugs-bound child eventually commits suicide.
In John 16:33, Jesus said, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own – Matt 6:34.”
Jesus didn’t pray for us to walk in this life trouble-free, but that we may have inner peace and tranquility in a broken world. In John 14:27, of all things that Jesus would have given us, He left us with these words, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
In the original translation, this word, “Peace,” is “Shalom.” “Shalom” is taken from the root word shalam, which means, “to be safe in mind, body, or estate.” It speaks of completeness, fullness and wholeness. When you greet someone, ‘Shalom,’ you are telling that person, “May you be full of well-being” or, “May health and prosperity be upon you.”
Hundreds of people have booked our conference tonight on Stress, Depression & Suicide. While the conference starts @ 6pm at Lillian Towers, you’re well advised to secure your strategic seat by latest 5.45pm. I don’t and I can’t guarantee you a trouble-free life but you will live a stress-free life. Shalom shall be your portion in the land of the living.
Dr. KN. Jacob.