They say that the worse seasons for seasonal depression are Christmas and Easter. These past couple of weeks have seen me at my lowest with anxiety sitting on my chest like an elephant.
I considered my next item on Paul might have been “Putting on the Mind of Christ”, then wondered whether Jesus was depressed at times and then what mind might I be donning.
I cannot believe that Jesus was not depressed at times else to go gaily on to his death would have made him insane. That too is a human condition, for one who was truly and fully human Jesus had to know what this was otherwise he was not fully human merely a fool.
Fools, too, are human and are known because the wise balance the see saw. Unless there are the wise, the sane, those with less swing in their moods, the bad, the evil the good, then we cannot count what it is like to be sad if there be no happiness.
If I, when I am sad put on the mind of Christ, if that should be the Happy Mind then I will be most resentful, someone cheering me up when I want to finish the swing, even if that One be God. Should it be a Sad Mind that might teach me how to be gladly sad, then what would that be like.
There are bland definitions or descriptions of the Mind of Christ, saying nothing, such as
Having the mind of Christ means we “look at life from our Saviour’s point of view, having His values and desires in mind. It means to think God’s thoughts and not think as the world thinks.”1 It is a shared perspective of humility, compassion, and dependence on God.
“40:13 Who hath directed the Spirit of the LORD, or being his counsellor hath taught him? KJV
For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:16 KJV