Enemies of Health - Depression
Cause #2: In-Grown Eyeballs (I G E B)

I, I, I, is guaranteed to make us and everyone around us miserable. Then we can be depressed, because no one likes us.

Symptoms of I G E B:

The person so afflicted will search for places to use the letter I. "I want," "I won't," "I don't care," "I am a star," "I have a better." Some of the afflicted have been known to wear out the letter "I" on their typewriters. Severe cases of IGEB are also very creative in the use of the words my and mine.

IGEB's are very sensitive to slights, and are easily offended. "You must not like me, you haven't called me every day." "I was the last one invited, they must not want me to come." "My opinion was ignored, and I know I had the best idea."

IGEB's are like Goldie Locks, never satisfied. Seats to hard, or to soft, Choir sings to loud, or to soft, preaching to long, or not long enough. IGEB's do as little as possible for others, and shirk duties and responsibilities if they can. Yet they always expect to be publicly acknowledged for every effort, no matter how small, and they never forget a service they have rendered. They have the attitude that says you owe me.

IGEB's think about themselves first second and third, and talk about themselves first, second and third. IGEB'S frequently demand agreement with their views and rarely admit the possibility that anyone else might be more capable than they.

IGEB's usually follow the rule of, be suspicious of everyone's motives and trust no one. They dwell on the shortcomings of others and make diligent effort to locate and make public the faults of others. This plan of action will produce loneliness and depression in the life of the afflicted and will so affect the body that it will respond with many aches and pains.

If any or all of these symptoms are present in your life you need to take the cure. It's found in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 and must be taken as a regular dose until the affliction is cured. The following is my paraphrase from the amplified version.

(Insert your name) _____ endures long and is patient and kind; (Insert your name) _______ never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vain glorious, and I do not display myself haughtily. I am not conceited...arrogant and inflated with pride, I am not rude (unmannerly) and do not act unbecomingly. With God's love in me, I do not insist on my own rights or my own way, for God's love in me is not self seeking; I am not touchy, fretful or resentful; I take no account of the evil done to me....I pay no attention to a suffered wrong. I do not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, I rejoice when right and truth prevail. God's love in me causes me to bear up under anything and everything that comes; as a result, I am ever ready to believe the best of every person. My hopes are fadeless under all circumstance and God's love in me causes me to endure everything without weakening. God's love in me never fails.

Practical advice. The amount of happiness you are experiencing at this moment is in direct relation to the extent of happiness you are dispensing. You can easily prove this, for yourself, by dispensing some happiness to the next person you see. Try praising other people, even if at first it frightens them to hear it coming from you. Give of yourself to others.

A Chinese proverb says, "Fragrance clings to the hand that gives a rose." When you bring joy to another, then there will be two happy people and one of them will be you. He who would be greatest among you, let him serve. Remember everyone needs love, especially when they don't deserve it.

Don't dwell on the shortcomings of others, sure your mate has faults, but have you ever considered that if he or she were perfect, then he or she probably wouldn't have married you. Henry Ward Beecher once said, "Every man and woman should keep a fair sized graveyard to bury the faults of family, friends, neighbors and brothers and sisters in the Lord." I think that is a good idea. Please note, it is the faults you bury....not the people.

Cause for depression number three: Demons