Have you ever stopped and thought about your brain, and how wonderful it is? It is an amazing creation that has not been matched by us as hard as we try. But what about when it’s not well with you, and you suffer from mental health? When things are not functioning properly, it can be a serious matter. One thing that helped me not to give up at times like this was to remember something Paul pointed out regarding our physical body (our brain included),
“That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day” (2 Cor 4:16 NLT).
It can be quite frustrating when our mental health is not what is was or should be. Nevertheless, Paul gives us a measure of hope here. I don’t know about you, but when I am having one of those days or seasons it can be hard to keep what Paul has said in proper perspective. I need His Word to help remind me, His Spirit to comfort and help me through, and my brothers and sisters in Christ to encourage me to keep going.
Since our brains are amazing creations, it is important not to take them for granted. But as Christ-followers, when having one of those days or seasons, we need to stop long enough to hear the worship of God in the creation around us. We need to help and encourage those around us who find themselves in this place or season to do the same. As the church, we need to be a place where love and acceptance can be found for those in a hard or dark place. If you have a mental health issue, can I encourage you to go to the next level in worshiping our heavenly Father? Look around and see God’s great work. Then again if you know someone who is struggling, why not gently read His Word to them, ask His Spirit to comfort and help them through, and as a brother or sister in Christ encourage them to keep going.