Q. Kia I am fighting depression over the state of the world today. There is so much evil and hatred, and it seems to be getting worse as so many people are dying needlessly at the hands of those who are supposed to be serving and protecting us. I try to tell myself that it’s getting better, but it seems like every day there’s another situation that makes me feel so sad and helpless. What can I do to pull myself out of this sad mood?
A. I suggest that you create a block of time every day and sit quietly in the presence of God. Retreat to a place where you are completely separated from everything and everyone. The Serenity Prayer is an exceptionally good way to start your communication with the Lord. It is requesting the strength to accept the things you cannot change, the courage to change the things you can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Then I suggest you surrender all your worries and concerns to your heavenly Father who is in full control of all things. I further suggest that you choose to not spend as much time watching the news, and trade that time for reading and meditating on God’s Word, (the Bible). You might also consider indulging in the things that make you laugh, like hobbies, and activities that you enjoy.
Q. I am finding myself spending more and more time with people who I really don’t agree with about most things. I don’t want to offend them, but I’d rather not be around them so much. How can I stop being around them without appearing snobbish, or hurting their feelings?
A: It is your God given right to choose the people, places, and things that are positive influences in your life. You need not concern yourself with how people respond to your life decisions. I suggest you let your highest priority be pleasing God and not man. It is from Him that all your blessings come.
Q. How can I tell my best friend that she is wrong without ruining the friendship? She has a hard time seeing anyone’s point of view that is different from hers, and I think if I told her the truth, she would cut off our friendship.
A. It is not uncommon for some people to find the truth difficult to accept. If your friend is one of those people, you must decide to not take on the responsibility for how she thinks or feels. And you must not allow your friendship to take precedence over your morals and integrity. The season of your friendship may very well be over.
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