Not a Day Promised

Battling mental illness through education and resources. "Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance." Proverbs 1:5

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Invitation Alone is Not Enough

By Todd Brooks



A recent message given at my church, if you don't mind me sayin', opened the proverbial "can". Whew! It was such an inspiring but scary message for Christians. Here's the gist.  

It's more than inviting someone to church; even more than inviting someone to the saving grace of Jesus Christ (speaking about your action, not the newly saved soul).  Inviting falls short without involvement! Anyone can invite. “You, with the Christian fish sticker on your car, do you get involved?" 

Oh, but…it can get ugly for us if we agree to get involved with the Lord and His plans. We may have to give up personal time for the benefit of another, which may include taking on a burden we don't want. We might wind up involving ourselves in someone’s depression or mental instability, which would be ridiculous, since we have no college degree or professional certification by which to administer to their needs. We might get multiple calls in the same day for help from the same person.  

OMG! Then, those earnestly thankful for our help may tell others that they know, those who are also forsaken, who may then seek us out. This whole involvement thing could start again.  This cycle might not ever end!

Or, we can stop at the invite. And, walk away from involvement. It's much safer this way. And, after all, we did invite someone to know the Lord, or at least to church.

If you are a Christian that stops at the invitation, you may want to consider taking that fish sticker off your car. That way, no one will follow you. No fuss, no muss.

Invitation AND Involvement IS "The Great Commission!”  

The Word is BOLD. The Word is RISKY. The Word is BLOODY. The WORD died for you and me!  

Now, "Go and be a blessing." Amen and Amen.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Self-Medicating is Socially Acceptable

by Todd Brooks

Now that I have your attention, if you check Wikipedia, you will find, among other points, that the term “self-medication” is often seen as "gaining personal independence from established medicine."

The Lord gave me a unique perspective on this today.  It’s really a pretty obvious hypothesis when you think about it.

People suffering with mental illness will often self-medicate using alcohol and/or non-prescribed drugs (legal/illegal) because the practice of doing so is more “SOCIALLY ACCEPTED” than taking prescribed anti-depressant, mood stabilizer and/or other “MEDICALLY ACCEPTED” treatment options.

It’s obviously more complicated than this, but for me, it just further emphasizes that until the stigma of the condition “mental” illness is removed, many of those who suffer will continue to seek "escape" rather than risk recovery that identifies them with ever-improving prescribed medicine and holistic treatment.

The next time someone shouts, “Let’s party,” they may actually be crying out for help.  Something to think about.  

Hey.  Get educated!  A good place to start is here. (our Resources page)