Ministers & medication
“𝘊𝘢𝘯 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘣𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘦𝘷𝘦 𝘴𝘩𝘦 𝘵𝘢𝘬𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘴? 𝘐 𝘤𝘢𝘯𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘣𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘦𝘷𝘦 𝘴𝘩𝘦’𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘺,” I very ignorantly and judgmentally gossiped to my husband years ago as a newlywed.
That statement not only bounced around in my mind, but it actually came out of my mouth.
I’m still mortified.
I tell you this because I know many of you have stories of someone saying similar hurtful things to you. Believe me, I get told stories often and every time I listen to your hurts, I am taken back to the days when I also said and thought the hurtful things.
And look at me today. I have definitely been broken and put back together with a new message I’m proclaiming, but I tell you all of this to say: take heart, God can change anyone.
If someone has hurt you, invalidated your pain, made you feel unworthy of ministry, or shamed you, hear me now: God can not only completely open their eyes to see mental illness more accurately, but He is the God of redemption, and no wrong is too wrong to be made right by Him.
It sounds backwards, but I have gratitude for God allowing me to think such things before He walked me through the very things I gossiped about. The humiliation stings, but speaking out about mental illness is becoming one of the greatest honors of my life. When we grasp how much compassion, mercy and forgiveness He has lavished on us, we can then extend it to others who just don’t quite get it yet.
What I didn’t understand before is that it’s the weak ones who rely on God who shine the brightest, not the perfect, self sufficient ones.
Let’s choose to be merciful today. Let’s pray for those who have hurt us and keep our eyes fixed on God as we walk in our identity as His children. You are precious and have purpose in the Kingdom.
If God can transform the apostle Paul from a persecutor to a Kingdom proclaimer, He can certainly bring forth mighty advocates from those who were once judgmental.
“𝘉𝘭𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘦𝘥 [𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘵, 𝘴𝘩𝘦𝘭𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘣𝘺 𝘎𝘰𝘥’𝘴 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘮𝘪𝘴𝘦𝘴] 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘮𝘦𝘳𝘤𝘪𝘧𝘶𝘭, 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘺 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘦𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘮𝘦𝘳𝘤𝘺.” 𝘔𝘢𝘵𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘸 5:7 𝘈𝘔𝘗