Oxymoronic

Being a Christian dealing with mental health issues seems oxymoronic… How can I profess faith AND still fight depression and anxiety…

Psalm 69:6 (NLT): Don’t let those who trust in you be ashamed because of me,
O Sovereign Lord of Heaven’s Armies.

Shame… It’s so easy to stereotype Christian’s who deal with mental health illness into the pool of “lack of faith“… The shame? That we, that US fighting, should be ashamed of ourselves!

Or should we?

Celebrate Recovery has a mental health initiative specifically addressing and supporting Christians dealing with mental health…

In Psalm 69:6 David pens: Don’t let those who trust in you be ashamed because of me…

This can be taken a couple of ways… But in learning about the relationship David had with God (the one after God’s heart), I believe he is talking to God and my take on this verse is not to hide or ignore or shame Christians, but rather embrace them! The armies? If God is fighting for us… we know there is an enemy… God’s army is there…

The shame comes in IGNORING and NOT supporting!

David struggled with depression many times… Was he ostracized because of it?

So ask yourself, if someone you casually know, or maybe someone is seemingly down cast… How would you greet them at the door of your church?

Now most would at least “welcome them” and figure they have done and completed all that they need to do…

Ask yourself… What would Jesus do if He was a greeter in your church this Sunday?

Are you following His example?

In many churches it’s more a competition to show off how many “important” people attend… What the social status of those who attend and what cars and houses they live in…

Shouldn’t it be more about trying to see the face of everyone…

Maybe they are coming to church seeking something or Someone… A last ditch effort before suicide…

My church is growing and we now have the wonderful problem of no longer knowing everyone… Our leaders have given us a 60 second meet and greet those who are around us, especially to those we do not know…

Maybe a smile or a handshake or just saying hello will give something they need to give them hope which they so desperately need…

If you really want to greet people take a few seconds in shaking their hand, look deep into their eyes and smile back with yours… let them know there is hope…

1 Corinthians 13:13 (NLT): Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love

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