Kirk Franklin’s Advice for Those Depressed and in a Funk

ChurchLeaders | 1/20/2020 | Staff
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I needed to be needed. I needed to leave my comfort zone and give to someone who couldn’t give me anything in return but a touch of grace. To see human beings in living conditions that leave images of disparity seared into your consciousness reminds you of eternal things. Governments will forever be corrupt, the poor will always be among us, and the gospel CANNOT just be for the pews but for the people. I want to live for Christ...period. I want to die to every area of my life that I see hinders His heart to beat through me. Touching His children this week gave me the courage to continue to chase Him with my life. Thank you @tanya.martineau for these amazing images and @compassion for this amazing trip. I am a miracle I am not acknowledging ❤️

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In a video he posted to Instagram last Friday, gospel artist Kirk Franklin shared some advice his therapist had just given him that had deeply encouraged him. The singer had been “in a funk” and was struggling with depression and anxiety due to recent losses in his life.

“I went to more funerals in 2019 than I’ve ever been to in my life,” said Franklin. As a result, he got in a funk “that I couldn’t really get out of.” He was filming his video at 2 a.m. from the Dominican Republic and explained that one of the reasons he was in the country was the “high amount of loss” he had experienced.

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Franklin said that during the past year, he had gone to funerals of friends, funerals of people’s parents, and funerals of people’s kids. Being around so much tragedy brought on depression and fear about the future. Normally, he would call his pastor, Dr. Tony Evans, but Franklin wanted to respect Dr. Evans’ privacy as the pastor is grieving the recent loss of his wife, Lois Evans. So instead, the gospel singer called his therapist, a “great godly guy” Franklin has known for over 22 years.

As Franklin described being in a funk, consumed with fear, his therapist told him that thankfulness (which is selfless) was the key to overcoming that fear (which is selfish). Said Franklin, “When I begin to live a life of gratitude…then I will begin to be more selfless because fear is rooted in self.” For example, he said, when we worry about how we are going to pay our bills, whether people will hurt us, or whether we’ll get sick, we are constantly thinking about ourselves.

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It can be helpful to remember that our lives could always be worse. While being in the Dominican Republic, Franklin described...
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