Empathy with Charlie Brown

I grew up watching and reading Peanuts cartoons – their Christmas TV video is still a must…

The main character is Charlie Brown – a guy who seems to have the world against him at times…

Often dealing with mental health battles it does seem like the world is against me… which is an exaggerated generalization… and it seems like others are just getting their own way… the “lucky ones” – the ones that “always get the break”… their life seems to be so much better, together, less of a struggle…

How about the people who “understand” mental health – they were “depressed” when the item they wanted to buy either sold out or they couldn’t afford… or that their aunt Alice dealt with depression…

When people just “don’t get it” it’s frustrating – but then I also think – I wouldn’t wish this on anyone… so I just nod my head…

It seems like God has favorites… often one parent or grandparent or teacher or aunt or _______ has a favorite person… and it isn’t you… it doesn’t matter how hard you try…. nope…

I found this verse today when reading through my devotions:

Gal 2:6b (NLT) By the way, their reputation as great leaders made no difference to me, for God has no favorites.

Bad things happen to good people – it’s the price of sin – someone else can decide to do a wrong and it effected on other people… remember – mental health long term disorders are not just feelings but also physical differences in our brains… it stated that mental health issues are a combination of your environment AND your genetics… no one asks for it… it just is…

Depression is all about negative… healing is all about faith, love and hope with God…

and the greatest of these is love…

1 Cor 13:13 Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and loveand the greatest of these is love…

Kathy Troccoli has a song called How Would I Know

When I look back on some of the most trying times in my life – I can see how it was only with God’s involvement that I got through the hard times… and because I have had them, I know – I REALLY know that God is real, He loves me…

And – because of the hard times – I can totally relate to non-Christians who need to seek God… without my own trials – I would only be a person who “knows” because of aunt Alice… Our mandate as Christians is found in Matt 28:18-20

Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Sympathy is one thing – empathy is another… Christ on the cross shows true empathy… and He most certainly didn’t get special treatment…

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