Depression is a soul sucking monster. An overwhelming feeling of hopelessness can drive a person to dark things. Time after time we see headlines of notable people who have taken their own lives, in an attempt at freedom from the seemingly unbearable weariness of life. Many of us have close friends or family that have done the same. Where is God in all of this? What do we do when we feel all alone in our darkness?
Five to ten seconds. After that, the filter kicks in.
In our day and age, five to ten seconds is usually all the time we’re given to persuade someone that what we have to say is worthy of their time.
We live in a world suffering from a relentless bombardment of information. Television, social media, advertising, friends, and family all vie for time and an attentive ear. Is it relevant to me? Without realizing it, we ask ourselves this question countless times throughout the day. Do I want what this advertiser is selling? Will this be on the test? Is this conversation significant to my situation? Will this news affect my life at all? If we don’t adapt and learn to filter out what does not apply to us, we will quickly become overwhelmed. As our ways of communication and comprehension evolve, our presentation of the gospel needs to be adapted as well. If we want to effectively communicate truth, we must learn to do it in a way that can bypass the spam filters of the modern mind.
When the snows fall and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies but the pack survives. – George R. R. Martin
The frozen tundra of Alaska is a harsh and unforgiving place in the long winter months, especially for a wolf. During the summer, the abundance of small animals allows a solitary wolf to hunt with relative ease, but when winter arrives, most of the smaller prey go underground into hibernation. The only available food source becomes larger herd animals, a daunting challenge even for the largest of predators.