Blessed with Mental Health

Matthew 5 records Jesus Sermon on the Mount… The Blessed are…

On the face of it mental health issues don’t appear to be blessed at all…

We think of blessings of being 100% healthy, having $1,000,000 in the bank, a great paid for house, a fabulous high paying job… The whole 2.3 kids and the white picket fence and house…

But are these really being blessed?

Having everything possible in the world isn’t a guarantee of a great life…

What’s really important isn’t tangible but spiritual…

A relationship with God is the only way to peace…

Matthew 5:3–10 (NIV):
Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Poor in spirit… Not $ but realizing that without God we can’t hope…

Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.

When we look back, we realize we have blown it and sinned… We don’t deserve what we already do have… Our personal and our corporate sins are too great… But being humble and truly contrite, God forgives us and shows us how to move forward… God also allows us to mourn over our hurt and pain inflicted on us and provides healing…

Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.

Meek… It’s not weak… It’s us saying to God, take my talents, my strengths, my heart’s desire and guide me… It’s like being a stallion all ready to charge but God is in the saddle guiding us… Jesus said go into all the world… We may not feel like it at deep levels of a mental health crisis, but know that if you are using God to find your way out… others are watching… And down the line… People can see your path and follow beside it…

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.

Righteousness = Doing what is right…

Seeking God… Asking God… He will help us deal with our mental health issues… How to get to a positive life level and how to watch and maintain… But don’t kick yourself if can’t maintain… mental health isn’t 100% physical… By seeking God though, it can be easier to notice a spiral downwards… You can pray for healing, for wisdom of your doctor…

Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.

Merciful… This can be simple and hard… Forgive others and have compassion… Actually, compassion should be relatively easy… We know how the dark is… I know I don’t wish my mental health struggles on anyone… And if I’m tempted to… I always wonder how/why/ that person is that way… Likely they too are hurting…

Oh, and don’t forget… Be merciful to yourself…

Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.

Heart… When we are saved we invite God to rule our lives… To live in our hearts… Keeping close to God keeps us pure… The greatest commandment, according to Jesus is:

Matthew 22:37–38 (NIV): Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.

We’re to keep focused on God… Looking at God can help stop the spiral… We know that distractions work…

Phil 4:8 (NIV): Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things

So much better things to think about!

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

Peace… A break from chaos… I see it 2 ways… Peace with others in our physical world but also peace spiritually… The “Be still and know that I am God”…

We can show others dealing with mental health that peace IS possible… That there is hope…

Without hope what is there?

I believe that people who try to, or sadly do, commit suicide do so because they feel there is no hope for them…

I know that was the case for me… I was at the bottom of a dark hole and couldn’t see a way out… I was looking face down… Someone tapped my shoulder and only spoke a few words… “You should come to CR” and I started to see hope… I went to my first CR* meeting and saw the words “restore my sanity” and I found hope… I wasn’t instantly cured… But I started looking up at God…

Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven

I debated if I should keep this last beatitude in or not… Obviously I did… Basically… Life is like a rosebush… There are incredible times of blessings when life has an incredible fragrance, but there are plenty of thorns life throws our way… the thorns are not from God… Repeat they are NOT from God… They are a result of the sins of all mankind… From the freewill we all have…

Eccl 3:9–11 (NLT): I have seen the burden God has placed on us all. Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.

People are always so quick to wonder why God would allow such horrible events to happen to themselves or others, but they never stop to look to the sins that lead up to the event…

So, yes, during hard times of mental health we can still seek to be blessed with Mental Health…

*CR Celebrate Recovery

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