“The Lord stood by me and gave me strength, so that through me the proclamation might be completed….”
Sometimes try as we may there is nothing we can do to alleviate the pain of depression or the embarrassment of manic episodes. We may think we have it licked. Then a setback occurs usually triggered by stress, medicine that has lost its effectiveness, bad therapy, or our own unhelpful habitual behaviors and patterns of thought.
Yet when break-through symptoms occur or slip-ups happen there are several things you can do.
- Don’t try to be strong and pretend– it is in weakness that God shows his strength
- Don’t excuse the symptoms– the truth will eventually win
- Don’t hide– courage is the stuff of Saints, so is humility
- Don’t give up– perseverance is also the stuff of Saints
In short, address the situation head on and up front. Listen to concerned family members or friends, go back to the doctor to have your meds re-evaluated, or change your therapist. Remember that when medicine and/or people fail you it’s not on purpose. It happens because we are on earth not heaven.
Pray. Don’t give God the cold shoulder because you are not happy with your pain or are frustrated with the illness. Ask for His help and blessing. He is there and can transform everything you experience for the good. That’s the Good News. That is what you proclaim when you manage your condition without shame, fear, or pride.
“Look to him that you may be radiant with joy, and your faces may not blush with shame.”
Scripture from today’s readings: 2 Timothy 4:17a and Psalm 34:6; this post is an adaptation from a prior post.