If there’s one thing that author and speaker Ben Courson wants struggling Christians to know it’s that they’re in good company.
“If you’re a Christian and going through a depression, you are in a great succession,” he recently told “The Pure Flix Podcast” while discussing his new book, “Optimisfits: Igniting a Fierce Rebellion Against Hopelessness.” “Depression is no stranger to people walking with the Lord.”
And Courson should know. He said he suffered from chronic depression for 10 years — and attempted to take his own life on at least one occasion.
He hopes his book and ministry, Hope Generation, will help others on their journey to find peace and joy in Jesus Christ and the Lord.
“We’ve got to destigmatize depression. You don’t have to live with depression; we are suppose to defeat depression,” he said during his recent interview. “Why would we settle with depression? We have to go on a journey of hope."
His book comes at a very important time in our society as suicide and depression rates are at an all-time high. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, there are an average of 129 suicides a day, making suicide the 10th leading cause of death in America.
“You are a more a danger to yourself, statistically. Depression is a national epidemic. I spent ten years in depression and took a knife to try and kill myself,” said Courson. “One of the main things that God used to get me out of depression was Psalm 37:4. You will have your nightmares and you will have your dreams. You will overcome your nightmares because of your dreams. And when you realize that your nightmares are preparatory for your dreams, then suddenly you can overcome anything.”
Psalm 37:4 (NIV) reads, “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”