Let me ask you some questions. If you are sick and you go to your doctor do you tell them you don’t need their help because Jesus is your doctor? If you broke your leg and you went to the emergency room do you tell them you don’t need surgery or a cast because Jesus is your doctor? Do you tell your pastor you don’t need him to shepherd you because Jesus is your good shepherd?
No, we don’t do that because Jesus has always used people in our lives to help us. So, it’s hard to understand why we don’t see seeking therapy as a way for Jesus to help us become whole people. He provides people to help us with other injuries and illnesses, so why do we see seeking therapy as telling the world Jesus is not enough?
I came across all of this in a post by a man recently and I was like, “Preach brother!” Because for some reason, especially in the church, Christians seem to think Jesus should be enough to deal with your mental health, but yet it’s OK to seek a doctor for physical health. When in reality, it’s all intertwined, and for us to be holy and whole as God has called us to be, we need to deal with every aspect of our health.
This includes mental health. There is no shame in it and God does not see it as you not trusting Him enough because He’s provided people to help you heal in every possible way. Whether it be emotionally or physically, and in truth these two are connected in every way. As I’ve often said, your mental health will show in your physical health when you don’t deal with it and vice versa.
I encourage you today my friends, to remember even though Jesus is all you need, Jesus can and will guide you to the help He has actually provided. I do believe Jesus is the answer, but I believe He provides people to help us heal through Him as part of Him being the answer. I need His strength to heal, but often the healing involves Him using others to help me get there.
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