Along with a few other guys, I’m reading Orthodoxy, a book by G.K. Chesterton. This book is considered a classic in Christian philosophy and apologetics. I think he has such an engagingly simple way of making profound thoughts.
Before you read his quote, another thought. The opposite of depression is not joy–it is vitality. Depressed people don’t want to do anything. Vital people charge at life. Life can be hard on dreams and when the vitality is gone there is not much energy or hope that the dream will be realized so why even have it. Chesterton challenges us to come alive, regain wonder and be vital.
“Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, ‘Do it again’; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, ‘Do it again’ to the sun; and every evening, ‘Do it again’ to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we.”
If you have the time, connect it with these Scriptures and see if you don’t gain a sense of wonder and awe in the greatness of God. Galatians 5:16 (in the Message) and Psalm 98:1,2.