There was a lot of bad news last week. I suppose every week has its share, but last week seemed particularly unsettling. For me, it was topped off with the unnerving news of Robin Williams taking his own life. I know, thousands of words have already been spoken and written about his life, his talent and his problems. I don’t intend to add to what’s already been shared in the press and social media.
In the dark corners of his one-of-a-kind mind, there were demons lurking. Depression is a dangerous, destructive disease that can cause a sheer sense of hopelessness. It is nothing to joke about. In the onslaught of opinion swirling around Robin’s decision to take his own life, never did I hear the word hope ever mentioned.
Our culture is built around doing the right things in order to be a success. Dress right, drive the right car, choose the proper career, make lots of money and you’ll be there — you’ll have achieved happiness and success. Unfortunately, those things do not equate to happiness and success.
While our culture is constantly spreading those lies about what constitutes success, it is also attempting to silence those who would talk about hope. You see, even if you suffer from depression, even if things are not going well, even if you are surrounded by all bad news, you can have hope.
There is help available for those who suffer depression. More importantly, for all of us there is always hope. If you or a loved one is experiencing severe depression, please, please, please get professional help. It is available.
Now, it’s not my mission here to impose my belief values or my faith upon you. My only point is that while we’ve all seen the toll that depression can take on a family, we can have hope. Scripture tells me to always be ready to give a defense for the hope that is in me. I have hope and I hope you do, as well.