The holiday season is here. It is such a joyous season – celebrating Perfect Love. Unfortunately, it is also the time when many become depressed. It does not matter why you are depressed at Christmas, the root cause is always the same. On the surface there seem to be all sorts of reasons for being depressed during the holidays, but the truth is you are not focused on the “REASON FOR THE SEASON.”
Depression is a powerful tool in the devil’s bag of tricks. If he can steal your JOY for Christmas he sits back and laughs, enjoying his successful deceit. Can you imagine him laughing at you for being depressed, all because you cannot enjoy the true reason for the season? Having dealt with depression for 30 years, let me share some tricks for you to throw in Satan’s face. And great news, IT WORKS! Before the Lord saved me from depression I always had a joyous Christmas. There was only one year I was depressed during Christmas. I decided after that year, it would never happen again, and it never has. The depression was still there, but it did not defeat me. If you use these ideas below, they will work for you. You can personalize them but they are fool proof.
- Start by mentally refusing to allow yourself to become depressed.The most effective way to have a joyous Christmas is to declare it out loud. Use a firm, commanding voice. “Satan, you will NOT STEAL MY JOY. I love Jesus. This is the time when I celebrate His joyous birth. Flee from me in the name of my Savior, Jesus Christ!” It is extremely important that you say it with conviction. Be definitive. Use a powerful voice. It is also important that you repeat it as often as you need to hear it. If you are feeling down or depressed, Satan is playing with you. That is when you yell it at him. Absolutely refuse to allow him to play with your mind.
- Plan your holiday season.Don’t allow yourself time to be depressed. There is plenty to do. Plan joyous events, even if you go alone. Look… there will be more things to do than you can possibly work into your schedule. There are always special services at local churches. You don’t have to belong to a church to enjoy their special Christmas presentations. Many of these presentations rival Broadway productions. Go to the Christmas parade. If you have to go alone, go anyway. Just determine you will enjoy it. If you are not alone, plan special events for you and your family to enjoy. You will receive great blessings from putting these kinds of things into your schedule.
- Volunteer to help those who are less fortunate. Helping others always brings joy, even when you feel desolate. Help at the local homeless shelter or the food bank. Volunteer to sing in the Choir at church. Ring the Salvation Army bell. There are so many charities that need your help; just pick one. Give of yourself and you will receive more than you can possibly imagine. It will lift you out of depression.
- Forget about how much you spend on gifts. So often people are depressed because they go into debt for gifts that people don’t really need. Do something nice for those whom you want to show love. Giving of yourself is always heartfelt. If you have children, they deserve a nice Christmas, but NICE is the relevant word. Don’t overdo it, and if you can’t afford it, don’t go into debt. Get help from a local charity who helps people and give back by donating your time. Don’t spend if you cannot pay cash.
- Remember it is Jesus’ birthday. If you should give anyone a gift, it should be Jesus. Give your gift to the Church where you attend, or to a charity who serves people.
- Spend time with Jesus, praying and reading the New Testament. Read the Gospels where it gives us the story of His life and the wonder of who we are by receiving Him as our Savior.
Christmas is our holiday. Don’t let the devil steal it. Plan to have a joyous Christmas and spend your time doing good. I promise you will have a good Christmas. You may have to work hard at it, but it will be there if you follow these instructions.