How has your Monday been going? Are you feeling better today than you were yesterday?
If so, great!
If not, why?
Let me take a guess at it. Yesterday, you were feeling a little bit down from either missing someone, being discouraged from one disappoint after another or receiving some not so good news and some how you muscled up the energy to make your way to church.
Although you didn’t have the energy to participate in praise and worship, it felt good just hearing the praise team or choir sang some of your favorite songs.
You could not figure out why your mind and body would only allow you to be a mere spectator when you enjoy singing and dancing unto the LORD.
As I discussed in my previous blog post, even Christians can find themselves in a state of depression. But what do you do? How do you handle it?
Perhaps the praises that went on around you were seeds planted to give you the courage to ask a minister for prayer during altar call or after the pastor preached his empowerment message.
Maybe you remained in your seat because you were too ashamed to confess your present needs. Did any one notice you were not yourself? Did any one reach out to you before you left?
Let’s say you were approached by someone or you did ask for prayer. I trust that you received an invitation to communicate with God. When Christians are going through a rough time, it is very comforting to know that God is always available to talk to.
But what else did the minister or concerned church member offer you? If prayer was the only thing, this could be why you are feeling the same way today.
God wants to minister to every aspect of your life. The mind is one of the most imperative areas that needs to be attended to. As I discuss and state in my book of mental health memoirs, it is unfortunate that a lot of ministers are not trained in counseling or mental health issues.
Even so, “a trained minister would know that whether or not he or she does not have the expertise in helping someone does not mean they are not obligated to help connect the person to resources” (Hastings, 2017 p.19).
You can have faith and still deal with disorders such as anxiety, bipolar, depression and even suicidal ideation. You just have to come into the full knowledge about what God says about you and the temporary or chronic disorders you find yourself experiencing. God does not want us to be ignorant in such matters: “For in all thy getting, get understanding” (Proverbs 4:7).
I do pray that your day gets better. If you need a little push on how to do the work to make it better, I encourage you to try the Faith Master Mind Coaching program. You do not have to do this alone and you don’t have to be ashamed.
Break the barrier today!