Religion + mental health = a balanced life.
May is Mental Health Month, which should be celebrated every day of the year. Mental health is important for our health and well-being, as well as very common. The things that we do physically impact us mentally and spiritually as well. Knowing what affects us mentally affects our overall achievement and wellness. Putting spirituality and/or religion with your mental health will also have a major impact on someone’s life.
According to President & Moderator of the 4th District Missionary Baptist Association of Louisiana & pastor of Mount Zion First Baptist Church, Dr. Rene Brown, we as people feel success when three things are going well in their lives: gratitude, relationships, and yearning for more.
We must not focus on the negatives in life because sometimes we feel that it’ll outweigh the positives in our lives. When you feel that life has you “by the throat”, look back over your life & remember what you’ve overcome. What do you do when life has its grip around your throat? Singing about Jesus will not change your situations alone. You have to want to save your life while wanting the Gospel as well. Luke 9:24 says, “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it” You cannot have success without Christ-just because you have a nice car or a nice house does not mean you’re successful. A bigger purpose in your life must be fulfilled for you to feel whole and feel that you have something to achieve. You have to be content with what is going on in your life. Being content doesn’t mean settling, but knowing that the best is yet to come. There must be gratitude for what is in your life currently while thanking for what you have currently.
Sometimes, life wants to make you think that you’re crazy; some people want you to feel that you’re crazy as well. Those relationships with these people and others will affect people long term. You cannot worry about what others are saying about you. Having certain people in our lives affects our general well being and move in our lives. Proverbs 13:20 says it best, “Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.” Know who is in your inner circle, and knows who is really in your corner. Your inner peace is very important, so make sure that it is not compromised because of the people that you surround yourself with.
You can work all of your life and then retire, but you might be bored. so then you’re searching for the next thing to do with your time instead of enjoying the time you have to be yourself from working. Yearn for more: learn to give up and be submissive to give your life to Christ. Revelations 2:10, “ Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown.” Sometimes you have to suffer to get the better part; sometimes as a Christian, you have to suffer. If you don’t learn how to suffer, then you won’t see the blessings in your life. Being happy is base off of what happens, but we must be content in whatever state we are in. Life is about being holy or being in peace. Your life is either in the natural sense or in the spiritual sense. If you don’t surrender to one of them, then you’ll lose to both.