I think often times, when we are overwhelmed, it’s not this sudden thing and you have to figure out what to do right away. It’s usually something that slowly builds up. Like procrastinating projects and neglecting responsibilities for a long time… we let it gradually build up until we can’t handle it anymore.
This has been a common pattern and theme recently because I’ve been in contact with a lot of people who are just falling apart emotionally and mentally. More often than not, we’re stuck in these problems for a very long time.
But we find hope in the middle of overwhelming trouble when we 1. Go to God 2. Trust what God says
Like it or not, we all have to deal with expectations- we carry not only our own expectations but the expectations of others- our parents and society. And some expectations are perfectly okay, it’s healthy to have some expectations because they prevent us from wasting our time.
On the other hand, if we take on every single persons expectations and also societies expectations it won’t be a surprise if it crushes us. So my question today is: how can we find healthy expectations?
We find our answer in the Bible from the words of Jesus:
1. Culture can burden us with unhealthy expectations 2. Jesus burdens us with healthy expectations
Addictions come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. There are of course addictions to hard drugs. But there are other kinds of addictions. Internet addiction, gaming addiction, an addiction to buying things or keeping things, an addiction to approval, an addiction to being in love.
As a rule, addictions take over our lives and prevent us from doing the healthy things we were meant to do.
Probably all of us get into a rut, where we know something in our life has too much of a hold on our heart and yet, it’s hard to stop. And so, we all need to know how to control our addictions. Because if we can maintain balance, we can be healthy individuals, with healthy relationships, who help people and have the best possible future.
The Good News is that… The Bible shows us the way to overcome addictions.
1. We should expect trouble, and 2. We should share God’s mission
How do we become healthy, balanced people? The Bible can really help us here. I think it’s important to note that the Bible isn’t a mental health manual. But it has principles and tools that help us have a great relationship with God and in turn it helps us with our mental health.
As we continue our series on mental health, it’s most natural to talk about community, because healthy communities and relationships make a huge difference. We need each other, because as we enjoy life together, support each other, speak truth to each other and really empower one another in the mission of God, our mental health is going to be much better than if we were to go at it alone.
So on that note, the question we’re looking at today is: How can we shape an amazing community?
In our context, how do we become the church that Jesus intended? What does that church even look like?
I think a wonderful description of such a church is found in Romans 12:15, where Paul says: “Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.”
An authentic Christ-following healthy church is filled with members who can so deeply identify with one another that they can rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep. People who love their neighbours as much as they love themselves. Jesus told us this would be the mark of his disciple. When we get it right, we have a depth of love that is arguably greater than anywhere outside of Christian community.
We’re walking through two points today on how we can cultivate such a community;
Logic (Where we’re going to look at the why)
Empathy (Where we’re going to look at how it’s practically lived out)