To rejoice is to feel or show great delight. One of the things that depression abhors is rejoicing. To rejoice is just stamping depression on the head. It is impossible to be depressed if the person is rejoicing. But how do we rejoice when it feels like there is nothing in the world to rejoice about.
Maybe you have watched the news and realized that most of news is bad news. Someone has been murdered, raped, or robbed. A country is killing its citizens and other countries are going to war. Maybe you have been to war yourself and you feel terrible about it. Maybe you feel there is simply nothing in the world to rejoice about. Maybe you feel you have no friends, no family, no job, no money and no relationships. I agree, it seems like there is nothing to rejoice….except I am here beside you to let you know that there is plenty to rejoice about.
Sit for a moment right now and think about a time in your life when things were going well. It could be a vacation, or a time of celebration. Think about how you rejoiced. You felt great delight. You were smiling, happy and filled with joy. Let me tell you, if you felt that once, you can feel it again. But you have to do some work. You have to want to rejoice. You have to want to climb out of the pit of despair and make yourself rejoice.
How do you make yourself rejoice: The key is to want it. Remember how you felt when you rejoiced. It may be a long time ago, it may have only been once in your life. Maybe you have had a really, really miserable life and only felt like rejoicing one time. Okay, then you need to watch other people rejoice. There are plenty of people rejoicing. Joel Osteen for one. I love reading the books written by this man. I don’t necessarily agree with his religion, but when I read his words, I feel like rejoicing. He is so happy looking. He smiles all the time. It feels like he is living a life of rejoicing.
Now is that true? Of course not. He has problems just like everyone else. I read one time that when he was first married to Victoria he would get into conflict. Over silly things; like the fact that she left all the lights on in the house or that she would never be ready on time. And he made a conscious choice—he would be content—he would rejoice in their differences and not make a big deal out of it.
If you have been watching unpleasant movies, or reading nasty books, or viewing horrible programs on TV, programs that show people being mean, nasty and hurtful, then you need to stop. Depressed people do not need to watch this kind of depressing stuff. We need uplifting things to read and watch. We have to look them out. We have to be discerning about what we let into our minds, hearts, and spirits.
My friend, if you have read thus far you are indeed at a point to rejoice. And whether you have just found this blog and this is the only one you have read, or whether you have faithfully followed the writings, it doesn’t matter. You are reading this now and you are being given permission to rejoice.
Today, rejoice. Whether you are rejoicing because you woke up above ground and are still alive, or whether you are rejoicing because you are a human being with a brain and can make choices and decisions, today it is time to rejoice.
Feel the joy in your heart. Feel the bubbles of rejoicing burst forth in every cell of your being. It feels good doesn’t it? So let’s do it together right now. Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice. And keep rejoicing all day long—make it a habit in your life to find things to rejoice.