A Life Worth Living

@Ngippol (567)
Philippines
November 28, 2007 3:41pm CST
At a banquet for an academic society, I sat next to a world-renowned scholar. I knew he was admired globally for the books he had written and for his lectures. I also knew that for years he had been struggling with DEPRESSION. He told me that he was dependent on medication and counseling to keep him going. Then he said, "But Jesus Christ gives me a reason for living." Those words are etched in my memory. Whether we are afflicted physically or distressed emotionally, or if we are robustly healthy in body and mind, we all need a reason for living. If we are merely existing from day to day, we understand what Shakespeare meant when he wrote that our lives can be like an idiot's tale, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. In the midst of our frantic activity, we occasionally become aware that apart from a life of faith in Christ there is no eternal purpose for what we are doing. Our busyness keeps us from facing the fact that everything we do adds up to zero- unless we believe what apostle Paul said, "For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain". Is that your testimony? Are you experiencing in Jesus Christ a life that is really worth living? - VCG
4 responses
@kokopelli (4842)
• United States
6 Dec 07
how would one feel that his/her life is worth living, that could be the question. unless one feels his necessity in the world, depression would always sink in. thus, we need to seek to assume important roles in other's life, either big or small. we should stop thinking about us, but thinking about others, to try and help them. if one continues to try to help people, then he won't run out of reasons to live. it could be a family member, a friend, a co-worker, or a stranger like the poor and the homeless. there are a lot out there who may need our help - money, time, talent, or just our company. the best way to fight depression is to circulate and get involved, knowing and living the word of God, til one finds his/her interests, inspiration, and his/her own path.
@nkhanna (925)
• India
29 Nov 07
Recently i had posted a problem of my friend on mylot.my friend is also going through depression in his life.he has his parents and is married too.but then also he does not want to live his life and so keeps on drinking which is not at all good for his health anymore since his livers are being damaged.we consulted the doctor and he said that he is having no reason to live his life.i guess your discussion above gave me a way to think about my friend as well.i really need to give a reason to my friend to live.Since he is needed by all of us.thanks a lot friend.its really worth thinking.
@Ngippol (567)
• Philippines
29 Nov 07
Hi. Thanks for taking the time to read the message. It is worth living to know that there are people like you and me who can learn from other's experience. I pray that your friend find the reason to live. Cheer your friend!!
@besthope44 (12145)
• India
10 Oct 10
Most time, its my work..with ontime deliveries and work loads. I try to divert mind on music and i feel better.
• China
29 Nov 07
Learn something from your discussion. Thank you and best wishes!