As a Christian, a scientist, an American living in 2020, and a nearly lifelong survivor of depression, I’d like you to clean the slate of what any of your preconceived notions of what these things mean to you and open up to new ideas. A few days ago I suffered through a bout of depression that landed me in a psychiatric treatment home for 3 nights. Have you ever seen or read One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest? If not, it’s worth reading or watching. Despite being prescribed medication for depression, I left without taking any medication and stronger sense of myself than I had ever experienced. I’ve left more empowered by God to believe in who I am and that I have something to offer this world. You might be thinking “No Shit!”, but in the fog of depression, it can be easy to forget that God the Father turned His back and let Jesus hang dead on a Roman cross so that I might live and speak to you today. So for once, I am going to believe I am worth more than the degrading thoughts of others, and believe that my voice is worth you hearing today. Ready or not, I’m letting the mic drop.