and They call me ‘Crazy’?

Rom 7: (MSG)
14  I can anticipate the response that is coming: “I know that all God’s commands are spiritual, but I’m not. Isn’t this also your experience?” Yes. I’m full of myself; after all, I’ve spent a long time in sin’s prison.
15  What I don’t understand about myself is that I decide one way, but then I act another, doing things I absolutely despise.

ATTENTION!

I am not a physician, psychiatrist, or any type of professional in the medical arena.

Please always seek help through your family doctor, counsellor, or some other medical professional.

I am writing this in regards to my own personal battle as a diagnosed bi-polar person.  I am on prescribed treatments for my mental health issue.

The epistle of Romans written by the Apostle Paul has one chapter which is under constant debate among theologians, and other in the religious theater.  That chapter is the one I have quoted from, Romans chapter seven.

The apostle writes about his own personal daily struggles as a battle between two forces. 

Here is how the King James Version writes:

Rom 7: (KJV)
14  For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.
15  For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.

This is a battle that mankind has fought since the day of it’s creation.  Good people find themselves wanting to do that which is right, but find themselves doing the opposite.  This battle will be with us from birth to death.

I can imagine that some would read the epistle written by Paul the Apostle and declare that he is suffering with mental health issue.  Maybe, suffering from the term called bi-polar, or it’s other name manic depressive.

I am not embarrassed to admit that I suffer with a mental health issue.  I was diagnosed as bi-polar just over a decade ago.  With proper treatment and proper oversight I now manage this issue with success.

I am speaking out because this issue has received too much negative press over the years because of mass shootings where the shooter is described as bi-polar.

Some of the religious right want to hide their heads in the sand when it comes to mental health.  I believe scriptures gives us guidelines about this.  Paul speaks that man is a tri being, body, soul, and spirit.  So,, when one part of our body is suffering it has influence over the other parts of our being.

I wish that more leaders in the pulpit would speak out on issues of mental health.  I do not consider myself weak in my acknowledgement of my battle with being bi-polar.  I now can battle this issue properly because I have knowledge from the medical professionals that give me care.

If you, the reader, feel you may have some mental health issues, I would implore to seek professional medical help immediately.  These issues can be treated with great success and you should not fear that you are weak, but are made strong with the influence of medical intervention.

Yes, I have even have had hospital stays while finding the correct path of treatment for me.  I now live a fuller life without the extreme swings in my moods.

No matter where you are at there is help and hope.  Also share your battle with your family and close friends.  You will be amazed how willing they are to also help you on the path of wholeness in body, soul, and spirit.

The Fool Has Said…

Pro 10:8 MSG
8  A wise heart takes orders; an empty head will come unglued.

Pro 27:22 MSG
22  Pound on a fool all you like; you can’t pound out foolishness.

The precise wording of the expression comes just a little later, in Dr. John Bridges’ Defence of the Government of the Church of England, 1587:

If they pay a penie or two pence more for the reddinesse of them..let them looke to that, a foole and his money is soone parted.

(from website: http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/a-fool-and-his-money-are-soon-parted.html)

Danny Kaye, Lucille Ball, The Marx Brothers, Jerry Lewis, and Abbot and Costello all played the part of a fool, court jester, and even a dim wit. We have all probably watched some of their entertainment on television or maybe if we are old enough on the big screen at our local theater.

There has always been the class clown who likes to grab the attention of everyone, and even though we all laugh we all think privately how foolish that person really is.

I do believe that laughter is great medicine, but, there comes a time when one must be sober in our thoughts. Now, there are some who are not trying to get a giggle from those around them but their actions do elicit a inward laugh.

Just maybe you have known someone who is ill informed about how to manage their monies.  Or because of their great wealthy gains thinks that this is intelligence, but quite the opposite.  They in their latter years find themselves in such a financial state just barely able to survive left with regrets for how silly they spent their former years with riotous living.  Like the prodigal son who asked for his inheritance and went on his way ending up in the pigs pen fighting with the pigs for a bit of slop.

It has been said that it takes an intelligent person to play the part of a fool.  That may be so in entertainment, but, in real life a fool thinks falsely that he is intelligent.  Those though who are looking at him know the truth about the fool.

A fool has a false understanding about his importance in the world.  They pound their chests with their fists and demand that others see him as an important person.  The fool always has to be the center of attention.  He doesn’t weigh his words carefully and just blurts out the first thing that seems to enter his mind, even if it is in the realm of ridiculous.

The scriptures has a lot to say about the foolish and gives great instruction for the wise.  The wisest being King Solomon.

I often think that maybe when a fool dies that just maybe the epitaph should read, ‘and the fool died’.

So when considering which path to follow I would pray let me choose the path of the wise and reject the life of being a fool.

 

 

God’s Woman–The In-Laws Are Staying

Ruth 1:  (MSG)
15  Naomi said, “Look, your sister-in-law is going back home to live with her own people and gods; go with her.”
16  But Ruth said, “Don’t force me to leave you; don’t make me go home. Where you go, I go; and where you live, I’ll live. Your people are my people, your God is my god;
17  where you die, I’ll die, and that’s where I’ll be buried, so help me GOD-not even death itself is going to come between us!”
18  When Naomi saw that Ruth had her heart set on going with her, she gave in.

If you like love stories, then the Book of Ruth is a book you want to read.

It is not your typical love story like maybe Romeo and Juliet, but rather a love story between a mother, Naomi, and her daughter in law, Ruth

Naomi’s husband is dead and both of her sons are also dead leaving only the two daughter-in-laws are left. The in-laws were not bound to their mother-in-law and were free to go their own way, maybe even finding a new husband.

The one daughter-in-law does leave and heads back to her home town. The other, Ruth, decides she wants to stay with Naomi.  The mother-in-law tries to talk her out of it.  Ruth, though, has her heart made up and tells the mother-in-law that no matter what you say I am with you even unto death.

Now in today’s society this would probably looked at with some disbelief.  The relationship between in-laws are usually at best lukewarm.  Yes, there may be a few in-law stories like the one we read in the Book of Ruth, but, it would be scarce.

There is a correlation between this love story and what should be the story between Christ and His’ children.  We know that Christ will never leave us or forsake us, but he has wandering children.

A story found in the New Testament is that of the prodigal son.  He couldn’t get away from his’ father fast enough.  So he took his’ part of the inheritance and went to a far off country.  It took him all the way to finding himself in the pig pen trying to eat the pig’s slop to bring him to his’ correct thinking.

If only we could speak like Ruth did to her mother-in-law that she would stay with Naomi even until the end.

God’s children need that same type of love and devotion towards our heavenly father.

Is that the prayer found in your heart?