I would like to offer some ideas on how to cope during this uncertain time. When we can’t control our external environment, it is helpful to take control of things we can.
“Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also more hard to bear. The frequent attempt to conceal mental pain increases the burden: it is easier to say “My tooth is aching” than to say “My heart is broken.” ― C.S. Lewis
Mental illness or mental pain is something we all have had to deal with at some point in our lives. Maybe it’s the days that seem impossible to get out of bed or the all too common panic attack in the middle of class. Sometimes it cuts deeper than that, the loss of a friend who took their life or maybe the divorce that left you empty inside. However it disguises itself, the root of it all is still the same: fear, shame, guilt. The enemy loves to make you feel isolated and alone, that whatever you are going through no one else could possibly understand. It’s a vicious cycle in order to keep you a slave so you will never become who God has called you to be. Almost half (46.4%) of the US population will experience a mental illness during their lifetime according to USA Mental Health First Aid. Yet in a recent study 66% church goers reported that their pastors once a year, rarely, or never discussed mental health. The more we, as christians struggle to discuss and deal with mental illness, the more we fail in creating a safe and open environment for those we are shepherding. Here at Escondido Christian Church we strongly believe in the importance of community and the healing that takes place when you let others in. With our new Learning to Love Ministry launching we will be able to provide onsite counseling for ages and all circumstances. You or your family members can have access to the help you need with a community of fellow believers standing in the gap rooting for your victory.
“We can demolish every deceptive fantasy that opposes God and breaks through every arrogant attitude that is raised up in defiance of the true knowledge of God. We capture, like prisoners of war, every thought and insist that it bow in obedience to the Anointed One.” 2 Corinthians 10:5