It is part of the human condition to feel down, depressed or sad at various times. This may be due to difficult circumstances, chemical imbalances in your body (depression) or hormones. King David suffered times of despair. Psalm 13:1 says, How much longer, Lord, will you forget about me? Will it be forever? How long must I be confused and miserable all day? This Psalm finishes with, I trust your love and I feel like celebrating because you rescued me. You have been good to me, Lord, and I will sing about you (verse 5-6). So what changed? Why did David go from feeling deserted by God to feeling rescued by him?
1. He cried out to God. When we cry out to God, he responds. Romans 10:12 says, There is only one Lord, and he is generous to everyone who asks for his help. If you are feeling down, depressed or despondent, cry out to him. He speaks to us through his Word and through his Holy Spirit that lives in us.
2. He sang to God - I find that praise always lifts me up when I'm feeling down.
Most of you are studying, pursuing knowledge (and you're probably wondering if you will ever use this knowledge again). But there is a kind of knowledge that will help you every day of your life, that is the knowledge of God. 1 Corinthians 13:8 says that knowledge will pass away. Colossians 1:9-10 says, So ever since we first heard about you we have kept on praying and asking God to help you understand what he wants you to do; asking him to make you wise about spiritual things; and asking that the way you live will always please the Lord and honor him, so that you will always be doing good, kind things for others, while all the time you are learning to know God better and better (The Living Bible).
How do you get to know God better, you ask? You read and study the Bible and talk to him in prayer. There are many great Christian books available, many adapted to teens and great websites such as www.fevr.net to help you as you study his Word.
Fevr.net has an article by Jodie McNeill on failure. All of us experience failure - failure to get the grades we want (or that our parents want us to get), failure to make the team, failure to fit in... Jodie says, strangely enough, failure can actually be positive. Failure makes us stronger, and brings us resilience. Failure helps us to be wiser, smarter and even more forgiving. All of the great Bible characters failed at some point in time - David committed adultery, Jonah ran from God's call on his life and ended up in a big fish, Peter denied Christ three times... All of these men went on to do great things for God after these big failures. See your failures as a learning opportunities. Romans 8:28 says, And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. All things includes our mistakes.
Check out this thought-provoking short film (make sure you watch it to the end).
Short and sweet inspirations for Christian teen girls.