Mental Health Intro
I’m honestly grateful to see a trend of Christian circles openly discussing Mental Health. It’s a small crack in a door that should be flung wide open, but we can claim an open door on the subject. Albeit, it does seem to be a “trendy” topic, so let me be clear: mental health isn’t something to be taken lightly or put last on our priority list, and it’s absolutely something that the Church needs to be well educated on. Adequately discussing mental health (i.e. stress, anxiety, depression, etc.) is vital to building healthy communities.
Throughout the Mental Health Series, my goal is to provide you with information - information that enables grace. How often have you thought, “I’m not enough” or “I’m not good enough” while trying to find ways to cope with anxiety or depression? Grace offers us a way to shut-out those thoughts. There is a natural, physical response to stress. It’s actually a divine response because we were designed by the Almighty. Genesis 5:1-2, “On the day that God created man, he made him in the likeness of God; he created them male and female. When they were created, he blessed them and called them mankind.” The God-given ability to process stress and overcome anxiety and depression is something that none of us should feel ashamed of.
The Bible provides immense amounts of wisdom on how to handle stress and therefore mental ill-health. If the Bible is so constructive in confronting the debilitating effects of poor mental health, then why isn’t the Church? Maybe it’s because we don’t know what to look for within scripture? Maybe we have separated our physical selves and our spiritual selves to a point where we can’t determine what is a physical issue or a spiritual issue? Maybe the sovereignty of God has been maimed in the area of mental health?
Altogether, we need to fling open the doors of conversation on mental health, and educate ourselves on physical and spiritual interconnectedness. We cannot ignore God’s creative authority in our lives. Even more, we need to be patient with ourselves, with our loved ones, and with those whom we share community. Healing mentally is a long, grace-saturated process, and that’s something we often forget.
This series will include:
The Power of Prayer in Your Brain
The Science of Stress
Thought Management and The Beauty of Sabbath