Sometimes being in the mental health field can get a bit arduous. Don’t get me wrong I have a lot of compassion and empathy for many of my clients and the life experiences they have struggled to endure. However, there are occasions when I just want to say ~ you’re either going to do it or you’re not. Simple as that.
The mind is a very powerful tool. If you stop and really think about it for a moment, it’s the mind that prevents or permits our actions. For example, I may feel sad but it’s how my mind interprets the consequences of that sadness and determines the resulting responses that ultimately govern my behavior. Majority of the time, there is nothing physical stopping me from engaging in my daily routine while still feeling sad. It might seem more difficult, but from a tangible perspective very likely is not. And yet, all too often we allow our minds to interpret an unpleasant emotion like sadness as a suppressive blockade to life-engaging activities. Bad, bad brain. Truth be told…it all comes down to a choice. You can either embrace life and the unavoidable presence of afflictive emotions that will always surface from time to time or you can avoid. Simply put ~ you either do or you don’t.
I think the same can be applied to our faith. God’s promises are all encompassing. He is adamant in His provision of love, joy, companionship, counsel, and the fulfillment of our needs. Easy things to embrace and believe when life’s challenges are mere hiccups. But when hiccups become near impossible hurdles, that’s when I see the true foundation of one’s faith. It’s easy to get caught up in the intricacies of God’s Word and the nuances of language, culture, experience, research, and history that influence how we view the Biblical writings. But faith is faith and when push comes to shove, the ultimate revelation of the core of one’s faith is ~ they either do or they don’t.