- Mental Health
Reflecting Upon One's True Self
Night time reflection
Seeing Yourself As God sees You
Reflecting Upon One's True Self
“Magic mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all?” Very familiar words if you have seen the Disney movie, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”
What was the underlying issue with the queen and why did she constantly need a pep talk from the mirror to make herself feel valuable? She was so wrapped up in herself for sure, but the real issue, she was suffering from depression because of low self-esteem and poor self talk.
Like the queen in the movie, many women and men( yes, even men), are living with depression and feel that they have no recourse or way of escape. Today, medical science states that 9 percent of Americans suffer from some sort of depression, while 3.4 percent suffer from major depression and that figure is rising. In the world today, 340 million people are suffering from some sort of depression. We should all ask ourselves we can accept the person standing before us in the mirror without over analyzing ourselves to look for flaws?
It has been noted that more women see a doctor for depression than men because of a little thing called “Machismo.” Men do not want to appear weak on any front, especially to the women in their life. Yet, if men were honest with themselves, do they not find strength when they admit their weaknesses? Their limitations? Their fears? Of course they do! But what stops them? Pride. Plain and simple. Fire-tested, blood, sweat, and tears endured, never going to surrender to no one or bow the knee, pride!The very thing that needs to be done, is the last thing ever considered.
Depression touches everyone, because at some point in their life, they will feel like something is missing or has been missing. They want more. Plain and simple. Like the fictional character Anakin Skywalker, from the movie Star Wars, who was being trained to be a Jedi Knight, Anakin wanted more power even though it was wrong. Anakin was not satisfied and soon was seduced by the Dark Side of the Force. Many people are not satisfied on how God made them. They sometimes feel that they could have done a better job on making themselves into the person they wanted to be. Causes of depression stem from many sources such as a loss of a job or not being able to secure employment because of the economy, marital problems or not being married. Poor diet and a lack of exercise, and the way people were raised by their parents(negative atmosphere), just to name a few.
This way of thinking has its origins in the fall of Adam and Eve when the serpent deceived Eve and Adam bought into the lie as well. God told them that they could eat of any tree in the garden except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. For the day they ate from it they would die. Long story short, the serpent was able to get Eve doubt God's words when he said, Hath God said . . . which in theological studies is called “The Insinuated Lie.” Next the serpent made a Direct Lie, by saying, You shall surely not die . . . Finally, the serpent assassinated God's character by saying, You shall be as god's . . . Since then, mankind has been seeing themselves as less than God intended or trying to find themselves on some astral plain of existence trying to become their own god.
In my own life, I dealt with depression because of turbulent upbringing by my step-mother. My self-esteem was lower than pond scum so much so, that even looking up looked wrong. It wasn't until 13 years later while I was reading my Bible, that I asked God why I was such an emotional wreck. Now I know to some people, talking to God and having Him talk back is absurd, but it was what I did. The answer I received, though not audible, was, “It is because you are the master manipulator.”
I then asked God to explain, to which He said, “You've woven your painful stories so well when you tell people about yourself and when they give you advice, you do nothing. You like to find comfort in your own pain.” Immediately I said I did not want to be that person anymore and asked what I could do to be healed and set free. Again, let me state that to some people, talking with God and expecting Him to converse back is lunacy, but it is what I did. This is the honest truth on what He told me to do. Get a sheet of paper and fold it in half. On the top of the left side write “Lies spoken over me.” On the top of the right side write, “What God's word says about me.”
So, for example, I was told that I was no good and would never amount to anything. The Bible tells me in Romans 8:37, “In all things, we are super conquerors through him who loved us.” The Bible also mentions that I was dearly loved and while I was yet a sinner, Christ died and gave himself for me.
Now some forms of depression do require people to take medication and there is nothing wrong with that. Keep on taking the medication until the doctor says its OK to stop. They are none the weaker for it. But for most people, the cure for their depression can be as easy as a change in diet and exercise. Taking a nap on the weekend if they have the chance. Calling upon family and friends in their time of need. Finally, changing the way they talk about themselves. It is vital that they speak positively about themselves, seeing themselves as precious and dearly loved by the God who created them.
Dark days will eventually try to descend upon all people, but, when the dark days do come, they must stand up straight and look into the mirror and believe in their heart they are not what the world negatively says they are but what God's word says they are, and depression will leave them just as sure as the new day sun arises.
Opinion by John Thomas
Movie: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
King James Bible (Printed)