Proverbs 14:10- The heart knows its own bitterness, and with its joy no one else can share.
Isaiah 57:15 - For this is what the high and exalted one says, the one who rules forever, whose name is holy: "I dwell in an exalted and holy place, but also with the discouraged and humiliated, in order to cheer up the humiliated and to encourage the discouraged".
Cheering up people who are depressed, especially clinically depressed, is not a simple task. Many times just being there next to the person (caring, visiting, helping and feeding) can do a world of good. If the person is a Christian, then it is very important for them to know that God cares for them and loves them even when they may not care for or love themselves.
* Currently LLIFTT encourages people through weekly church services. Click on 'Church Services' above to watch them and, prayerfully get encouraged.
I have found that the things that make me happy and pull me out of my depressing moments are not the same things that will pull others out of their times of depression. The proverb of King Solomon (above) is so true... that each person is unique and each heart gets bitter and experiences depressing feelings that are unique to that individual person. On the other end of the spectrum of emotions, the joy that one person feels in his heart can never completely be shared with another person. I can tell you the things that bring me joy, but the exact feelings of joy in my heart could never truly be transferred to yours. This is extremely important to know.
I constantly think of this fact of life and it brings me to the reality that I each of us personally has feelings in our hearts, bitterness and joy, that can never truly be shared with another person. A person can only give me a glimpse of the things that discourage them or that bring them joy. In doing that, I could hope and pray that I would have some words of wisdom or an act of friendship that will help them out.
How can LLIFTT cheer someone up? First, to speak with the individual in order to learn about the individual as a person. LLIFTT will let the person know that they are an individual person in their thoughts and feelings and special in that. LLIFTT will determine, by asking the person, if they are clinically depressed or if there are past, present or future things that make them depressed. For clinically depressed persons, they feel depressed even in the absence of stress, worry or other life issues. Clinically depressed persons must be taking the medication prescribed by their doctor at the prescribed times. Medicine is not a cure all for the clinically depressed person, so LLIFTT will take time to get to know the person, learning what brings them happiness. For those who are not clinically depressed, but depressed by current or past issues or upcoming future events, LLIFTT will do what it can to eliminate or alleviate those issues.
LLIFTT will maintain its joy and share it, by all possible means, with others. This will be done through conversation and through cheerful events. If movies make a person smile, then LLIFTT will take them to an afternoon show.
- If. music brings calmness, then LLIFTT will provide a CD of their favorite music or hold a concert in the park.
- If hiking relaxes, then LLIFTT will hike by their side.
- If fishing brings peace, LLIFTT will bring the poles and bait.
- If something cheers a person up, LLIFTT will do what it can to bring that something to someone in need of encouragement.
LLIFTT will lift up a frown until it becomes a smile. : )