I actually got this off of Dennis Prager’s website at http://prageru.com; where his motto is “give us 5 minutes and we’ll give you a semester.”
It’s called the Happiness Equation:
The reason most of us are unhappy has to do with our image of ourselves versus or view of reality. The majority of people are negative by nature but then again it would stand to reason that anybody that doesn’t know God would be as they are without any real hope.
Negativity is listed as a major symptom of depression; but is it just a symptom, or the cause?
A Christian Psychiatrist, Dr. Paul Meier, said in his book “Blue Genes” that with the right amount of Serotonin in your brain (the neurotransmitter that affects moods) you will have love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and self-control.
So do we need Jesus and the Holy Spirit or just the right antidepressant.
To some degree, maybe both. However as you grow spiritually you should become less and less dependent on anything man-made to produce genuine happiness.
It’s also noted that 80% of people who spend three weeks at Dr. Meier’s outpatient clinic in Dallas actually learns how to balance out their brain chemicals through spiritual principles and proper diet & exercise.
Does this include Bipolar & Schizophrenia?
I met a guy on the streets of Fort Worth that proclaimed how he overcame Bipolar Disorder (as well as a Charismatic preacher at Riverwalk Fellowship in the same city). I knew they were both going to say it was by the grace of God because that’s the only way to conquer a lifelong illness. The guy said you have to be willing to face your fears.
I pray he runs across this so he can get the proper recognition.
Back to the happiness equation. Many of us have high images of ourselves. These images are not necessarily unrealistic. Although, when we have setbacks it can make it seem like a far stretch. Either way, we become disillusioned with ourselves and lose hope and end up settling for the Status Quo.
Got big dreams? You have a Big God who can add His purpose to your goals and dreams for Jesus taught that apart from Him you can do nothing.
He is also quoted as saying, “what good is it for man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit His soul.”
Giving up your image can cost you your soul of you fall into despair and depression/anxiety.
As with all major issues in life, give it to God and seek His will above all else.
-Seek first the Kingdom of God.
-Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you
the desires of your heart.
-Without faith it is impossible to please God for to
have faith you have to believe that God is and that
He is a rewarder to those that diligently seek Him.
Paul also notes that godliness with contentment is great gain.
In the pursuit of your goals, focus on the Kingdom of God. God’s will is for you to be conformed to the image of His Son. The only thing worth conforming to in this world.
Enjoy the journey.
Be content with what you have until you get what you want; that is if what you want is “good” for you. Psalm 84:11-no “good” thing will He withhold from those that walk uprightly.