Gratitude and thankfulness towards God each morning does wonders for depression.
The bible often states that "The most shall become the least; the least shall become the most". People who eat for themselves lose their reason for eating, meaning that depressed people should do what they can to serve others instead of hoping to be served, then combining this with a sense of gratitude for the opportunity of serving others. Everyone needs to serve others in being in the body of God, anything less is rebellion and ultimately self-serving. Thus people lose their ability to take pleasure in the joys which were ALWAYS meant to be shared, and when the joys are stripped it further compounds the problem as it becomes nigh impossible to have a sense of thankfulness. Thus the complaint in my signature.
Therefor, when you serve God you will serve others, and he will restore your desire in things. Food tastes good once again, and you realize, well... Food never really tasted good by itself, but when combined with Godly indignation, then it tastes wonderful, it preserves its flavor, but is it really the food that you're tasting then? You can apply this with pretty much all other joys, we don't live for the joy itself -- the most shall become the least -- but to share and spread the joy -- the least shall become the most, as stewards to that joy, which is the truth, which is Christ.
A dispute also arose among the disciples as to which of them would be considered the greatest. So Jesus declared, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those in authority over them call themselves benefactors. But you shall not be like them. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who leads like the one who serves. For who is greater, the one who reclines at the table or the one who serves? Is not the one who reclines? But I am among you as the One who serves." Luke 22:24-27
To say God has all believers predestined to a certain level of maturity, is a road I cannot follow. For God is no respecter of persons. He will do all for any believer, to the degree His power (Christ) works in that believer. It is to the degree a believers heart is after God. It is to that degree can Christ be formed in the believers heart. For God is more willing to form Christ in any and all believers, than the believers are to have Christ formed in them. But God is only limited by each believers desire after Him. This is how my relationship with Christ has made Himself real to me. But if your personal relationship with Christ has taught you differently. You have to maintain walking or living up to the standard you have obtained. For as long as a believer is walking in the integrity of his heart toward God and maintains that integrity. God will make all the corrections He deems are necessary in His time. (If indeed the corrections are necessary.)
Much love in Christ, Not me
2 Tim 1:12-14
12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.
13 Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.
14 That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us.
I know this and if depression come I will still know this... It is nigh on impossible to be depressed when truth being more precious than our feelings ...