“Come to me all you who labor and are heavy burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11: 28
Reducing the risk for mental and emotional conditions, whether in terms of prevention or potential relapse is hard work. No matter how many medicines you take you still have to work, and work hard! Being aware of thoughts that can bring you down or make you anxious, recognizing the signs of impending mania, forcing yourself not to compulsively “check” when your mind wants you to do so, are not actually easy. Likewise, having the humility to put adequate sleep, healthy diet, and exercise on the top of the living list is also hard work. Face it, some of us like junk food and late movies. Others of us like high intensity jobs without vacations. Still others don’t want to ask for help. After all, “I should be able to handle it.”
If we turn to Jesus in order to take our rest we do two things. We rest, and we develop perspective. We learn at His feet that we have worth in spite of limitations. We also learn that mental and emotional work, though it doesn’t seem productive in a worldly sense is productive in bringing us greater self-knowledge and holiness.
Go to Him often, take your rest, and be renewed. You won’t be sorry.
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