When I am in the middle of a mental health battle everything can and usually does seem wrong – bad – against me – nothing is going right and “NEVER” will again… and we all know that this is bunk when we are at the other side of the battle…
The battles are dark and potentially deadly… and because of the deadly part – wisdom needs to be used…
Proverbs 8:5-6 (NIV)
You who are simple, gain prudence;
You who are foolish, set your hearts on it.
Listen, for I [widsom] have trustworthy things to say;
I open my lips to speak what is right.
1: the ability to govern and discipline oneself by the use of reason
2: sagacity or shrewdness in the management of affairs
3: skill and good judgment in the use of resources
4: caution or circumspection as to danger or risk
So #2 doesn’t really apply here but the other 3 most certainly do!
#1 Govern and reason – Reason and mental health – basically mortal enemies and not used as a pun – 2 Cor 10:3-5 How do these words, arguments line up with God’s words and truth? It isn’t just a thoughts game – it is a Spiritual battle! Battle plan – praying, praying and more praying – and reaching out to have my network pray…
#3 Skill and judgments and resources – as a Christian I have my Bible and my trusting “Bible First Aid Kit” – memories of dark times I have been through with God – verses in the Bible that talk to me about how irrational my behavior and thoughts are
#4 Caution – Keeping in touch with family and friends – my support network really helps keep me from big slides… I am accountable to them and they help me if they see changes in my behavior…
Journalling – for me – journalling is important – I can look back and see success and joy!
But how about the hard times? Aren’t those depressing?
No – I get to look back and see how God got me through the hard times! I get to look back and see just how far God has brought me! I get to go back and know that God has already helped me fight bigger battles and won them – so I know that whatever battle I find myself in – God will get me through now…
This is called WISDOM – knowledge is knowing something can happen – WISDOM is putting knowledge into practice…