My street shepherding call....

by jambon1 5 Replies latest jw friends

  • jambon1

    I bumped into an elder from another cong today.

    Officially I`m depressed and not attending meetings. Really though, I`m just fading. Have been for 2 months. I`ve not been at a meeting in all this time.

    So in his mind I`m depressed, not coping with lifes anxieties etc etc. Right.

    The guy immediately starts by saying that sometimes, despite all that may be going on we 'just have to get to the meetings'. He recited a personal experience which PROVED that you can and indeed should just 'get on with it'.

    I told him that he didnt know my circumstances (only my local elders know about my doubts). Nevertheless he said that I`ve got my wife & kids to think about and that I am the head. At this point I just wanted to tell him straight.

    Again I told him it was`nt just depression. - 'get to the meetings' was the answer.

    Now is it just me? This guy is dealing with (in his mind), a depressed person, someone struggling with his responsibilities. So what does he do? Remind me of my responsibilities & tells me (several times) to get to the meetings.

    Not really a 'shadow in an exhausted land', I suspect that this experience could be re-related the world over.

    Sad for those who desire & indeed need that 'word at the right time'.


  • calico

    I felt worse at meetings--I wonder what that meant? I am much happier not going to meetings!

  • unique1

    Hang in there. Those confrontations should taper off a bit. They never stop though. Good Luck on your journey. I am much happier personally not attending meetings as well.

  • Why Georgia
    Why Georgia

    Don't you just love those encouraging talks!

    You should have said...Wow, why didn't I think of that...Hey wanna go hit a couple streets and spread the good news! I feel so much better now!

    These people are so brainwashed they don't have a clue!


  • atypical

    Yep, and if you were going to all the meetings and said you were depressed, you know what he would say?

    Pray more.

    Comment more.

    Do more personal study.

    Go in service more.

    It doesn't matter how much you do in the organization. Any real problems you face will be blamed on a lack of activity on your part.

  • whyizit

    Speaking as a former Depressed Person---officially----I would recommend that you take a break! Get some rest and do some of the things you really enjoy.

    Tell the idiot you ran into that Jesus said His load is light in Matt. 11:30. The JW load doesn't seem all that light. More like a ball and chain, don't you think?

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