Take Care of Yourself This Season
December 17, 2019
This past Sunday we opened up the scriptures to dive deeply into what it means to be human and to understand our soul (take a listen here if you missed it!). While we tend to compartmentalize ourselves, God actually invites us to think of ourselves more holistically, even the pieces of our lives that don’t feel holy, or spiritual, or even comfortable. If you are a person, you’re already a real “good news/bad news” situation in life. As much as we’d love to hide it, avoid it, or overcome it, there are parts of ourselves that don’t well. No single one of us has it all together and we all are carrying a weight that others don’t know about. It’s normal, of course, to not what to shout from the rooftops about our trauma, or our dysfunction, or our dependency, or anything negative that continues to shape our lives. However, it’s so much more difficult to find our way forward when we’re navigating alone.
I had a friend who took a seminary class on counseling and was required to see a counselor throughout the semester. “I don’t understand why EVERYBODY doesn’t see a counselor,” he said of the experience, “I had no idea what I was missing!” I agreed with him at the time but never fully understood what he meant until I had my own experiences and then I understood it is to have help navigating the interior of my own life.
It reminds me of a scripture where Jesus explains why he has come, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10). I believe this to be true today, that God sent his Son so that we could have the fullest of life and that means he invites us to do the hard work of wrestling with our soul – our entire selves.
If you need to take a step toward fuller life and deeper mental health, here are some resources that might help you.