May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Often times, the Lord and Mental Health are discussed as two separate entities. As the One who created us, the Lord and mental health are one in the same! Firstly, we ALL have mental health. Secondly, and most importantly, the Word of God discusses mental health matters and the Lord cares greatly about the state of our mental health.
The Word says so:
Make no mistake about it, we are champions for Jesus and counseling. We also know that the state of our mental health cannot be transformed without Jesus! It is with Jesus that we become well-in mind, body, and spirit. And we understand this truth: “For by wise guidance you can wage your war, And in an abundance of [wise] counselors there is victory and safety.” Proverbs 24:6
On our podcast, “From Worn to Well”, we discuss achieving mental wellness with a clinical psychologist. Check out this snippet:
Mighty women of God, we no longer have to be ashamed of our mental health. We no longer have to be defined by a diagnosis or defined by people’s preconceived notions about mental health. Our mental health is at the feet of Jesus and with Him, we are on the journey to being well and whole!
“You cannot pour from an empty cup.” Author Unknown
For those in helping professions, you may have heard of this quote before and it’s true! It is hard to serve when you aren’t full. It usually points to a need for self-care.
This quote is also relevant for believers. We cannot minister from an empty cup. And yes, it usually points to the need for self-care. The world tells us that a nap, exercise, and massages will refill our cups and we can get back on the job. However, for us who follow Christ, self-care means something a little different, it means that we must run to the feet of the Savior. Let’s look to the Word:
Before you go and take a nap, before you hit the trail, and before you schedule the mani/pedi-seek the kingdom! Ask the Lord to fill your cup, let Him know that you are running on empty. He longs to meet the desires of your heart. He wants to see you full of strength and power to run the race well.
When we are weak, He is strong! The Lord is the Living Water-when we are thirsty, if we seek Him, we don’t ever have to thirst again. Let’s stop wiping the droplets of an empty cup, hoping that it will suffice-it won’t. We need to seek the Lord, He is the best way in which we can care for ourselves!
Seek the Savior so you can truly enjoy that sweet rest. Seek the Savior so that He can power you for that amazing workout session. Seek the Savior so that you can truly have a clear mind as you take that mental health day.
Fill that empty cup with the sweetness of the Savior!
Nowadays, mental health is a heavy conversation topic. The isolation that can be associated with social distancing is considered to be a contributor to mental illness. The increasing pressure due to the pandemic has been documented to affect mental health as well.
Good mental health cannot be taken for granted during this season. There are people fighting to maintain a sound mind. It’s important to check on our loved ones in this season, to seek out help, to submit our cares and concerns to Christ, and to lean not on our own understanding. The enemy is out to steal, kill, and destroy and we must remember that our mind is a key target!
So how do we fight the enemy? Not with physical weapons, but with spiritual ones! To maintain a sound mind, we must remember that we rest on His promise:
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind“.2 Timothy 1:7
As we transform and renew our mind with His word, we can keep a peace of mind:
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2
Our minds must be protected in during these times of worries and concerns. We cannot carry the weight of the world on our shoulders. We cannot afford to be anxious. And we cannot be connected to anyone or anything that is out to steal our joy! The Word of God provides us the best path in ensuring that we maintain a sound mind:
Our help comes from the Lord! Maintaining focus on heavenly things helps us place the things of this world in their proper perspective. Prayer helps us stay positive and mentally healthy. Studying the Word of the Lord helps replace those thoughts that tear us down with the mighty and powerful truth of God.
May we all keep a sound mind, now and forevermore.