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If you or someone you love have ever struggled with depression and suicidal thoughts and wondered if there is help and hope, this is the perfect episode for you to listen to, as we explore how laughter is good medicine.
My guest, Dave Ebert, shares how he grew up under a harsh, military father who was physically ill after serving in the military. As an adolescent, Dave became depressed, and then sought out to release some of that depression by entertaining others through wrestling. Ultimately, Dave began a career in improv comedy to help encourage others and give them hope where they are.
Dave offers his hope-filled perspective for dealing with depression and suicidal thoughts, as well as practical easy tips that someone can begin to implement today.
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Quotables from the episode:
- The enemy will whisper in our ears that we are worthless, but that’s a lie.
- Too often, we inappropriately assume our value comes from what we do instead of whose we are.
- We can take comfort by looking at some of the biblical greats like King David, Elijah, Job, and Paul, who all went through bouts of depression.
- When a group of strangers laugh together, suddenly they are no longer strangers because they have all admitted something about themselves.
- “Laughter is a tangible evidence of hope.” Michael Jr.
- Laughter makes you more open to receiving from someone else.
- Laughter can also heal.
- As parents, we need to be having conversations with our children about depression and suicidal thoughts, not only to stave off their attempts but to also equip them to help friends and classmates.
- The number of emergency room admissions for suicidal thoughts and attempts has doubled in our adolescent population from 2015-2019.
- Kids are spending more time online and less time building real relationships. We’ve got to be monitoring what they are watching and what is coming into their hearts and minds.
- Social media, such as the Netflix program “13 Reasons Why,” is glorifying suicide in our children.
- Your hope-filled perspective:
- You are made in God’s image. God created emotions. It’s okay to feel them. Don’t add to your misery by condemning yourself for the feelings you have. Be honest with God about them—He knows everything anyway.
- Be around people, and let people in. It’s important, especially when you are feeling depressed and suicidal to hear other voices besides the enemy’s voice in your ear. Be around those who will support you and love you.
- Get involved in church. Be around other believers who can encourage you.
- It’s okay to not be okay, but it’s not okay to stay there.
- If Jesus Christ, the son of God, thought you were important enough to die for, who are you to disagree.
- To make a change today: 1.) Don’t stay in the dark physically. Open the blinds and shutters. 2.) Do something. Take a walk around the block. 3.) Be honest with God. Tell Him how you feel.
- Psalm 27:13, “I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living.”
- Proverbs 17:22 “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”
- Romans 8:28 God works all things together for good, for those who love Him and have been called according to His purpose.
- Psalm 34:18, “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
- Job 8:21 “He will once again fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.”
- “Breaking Anxiety’s Grip: How to Reclaim the Peace God Promises” by Dr. Michelle Bengtson
- “Hope Prevails: Insights from a Doctor’s Personal Journey Through Depression” by Dr. Michelle Bengtson, winner of the Christian Literary Award Reader’s Choice Award
- “Hope Prevails Bible Study” by Dr. Michelle Bengtson, winner of the Christian Literary Award Reader’s Choice Award
- I Have a Confession: I’m a Christian and I was Suicidal
- The Sadness Behind Suicide
- Yes, Even Christians Get Depressed, but There is Hope!
- This Thing Called Depression: Signs and Symptoms
- 10 Bible Verses When Depressed
- 15 Ways to Help a Depressed Husband or Wife
- Dear Patient, Now I Understand
- 5 Promises From God To The Patient I Didn’t Meet
- Hope When a Suicide Attempt Feels Like the Only Option
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To connect with Dave Ebert:
- Gifts for Glory Ministries –www.facebook.com/giftsforglory
- Gifts for Glory Ministries – www.twitter.com/Gifts4Glory
- HaHaMen Improv – www.facebook.com/wellversedcmdy
- PureFest – www.facebook.com/PureFestChicago
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Guest: Dave Ebert
Dave Ebert was born in Chicago but grew up in the south in Virginia and West Virginia. Dave always entertained the people he was around, but that knack for entertaining went from fun to a defense mechanism to keep people from seeing his internal war with depression and suicide. Using entertainment and humor as a way to keep people away, as well as to try to make sure others didn’t feel the same as he did, Dave spent many years hiding his depression. Finally, God reached Dave and Dave set out to pursue God in earnest. Now, Dave uses the comedy, allowing God to redeem the scars of depression, to minister to others through improv.
Radio Air Date: October 7, 2019
Hosted By: Dr. Michelle Bengtson
Audio Technical Support: Bryce Bengtson