We Are All Different

Ever since God created Adam and Eve, He made us all individuals. We all have our own free will. We are able to make our own decisions. He gives us all a choice.

In Genesis 1:27 it says that God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. So from the very beginning, it was meant for us to be different. God made two different sexes; male and female. He made us each an individual with our own personality, looks, traits, etc.

Since He made us all different, all of us have a different way of dealing with trials and valleys. Some of us can get be like Paul and be thankful in all circumstances. (Philippians 4:12). There are others of us that need extra help to get along in our spiritual walk. God’s word tells us to help carry each other’s burdens. (Galatians 6:2) Even Jesus was humble enough to let someone help Him carry His cross. (Matthew 27:32) Since Jesus was humble enough to let someone carry His cross, why can’t we do the same? Let someone help us carry our cross? Let someone help us carry our burdens.

There is a saying that I hate. I hate it when people say, “Just pull yourself up by your boot straps and go on.” It’s not always that easy. Brennan Manning says this in his book “The Ragamuffin Gospel.” “We believe that we can pull ourselves up by the bootstraps-indeed, we can do it ourselves. Sooner or later we are confronted with the painful truth of our inadequacy and insufficiency. Our security is shattered and our bootstraps are cut.”

So, it’s all about letting Jesus have all the control in any kind of emotional or mental healing. We; as Christians, should be more concerned with each other’s welfare instead of trying to give someone a “quick” fix. We can’t “fix” anyone; only Jesus can. We need to be there when we have a sister in
Christ in any kind of crisis.

We take for granted the only kind of crisis is usually of the physical nature. That isn’t true. There are people in churches all across the country that suffer from depression, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD, and other mental illnesses.

I’m sure people are afraid when someone says mental illness. I think they automatically think that the person is off their “rocker.” It is the total opposite. It’s estimated that 1 in 10 adults report depression.(per the CDC). Anxiety affects 40 million adults in the US; 18 yrs old and older. About 3-5% of people suffer from major depression; lifetime risk is 17%.(AADA.org). In 2009, suicide was the 10th leading cause of death in the US. That year, there were 37,000 suicides, and 1 million attempted suicides due to depression. (webmd) Over 90% of people who die by suicide have a mental illness at the time of their death; again the most common is depression.(suicide.org)

These are just a few facts. We need to take mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, bipolar, and many others very seriously. Take time to care and love on a friend that has a mental illness. Take time to pray for them and with them. People with a mental illness need to be shown that people do care about them. Take some time out to spend with a friend that you know suffers from a mental illness. It can make all the difference between them living or trying to commit suicide.

So, we are all different. God made us that way. God made some of us stronger than others. Don’t minimize what someone is going through. Depression is a tough illness; even for the person that has it.

Also, take time with the family or spouse. The spouse or family may need a break to have some time to themselves. It’s a lot of work involved in trying to help someone with a mental illness. It can also be very tiring. So, volunteer to let the family or spouse to go have some time to theirselves. Volunteer to stay with the person that’s struggling. Offer to have a family night of games or movies. That way, the family or spouse can have time to relax. Offer to cook dinner. There are many different things friends of the family can do to help a person that is mentally ill.

So, get out of your comfort zone. Get out and help someone. Love on someone. Show someone how much you care.

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