It seems that no one can summarize my feelings on this issue as concisely as Rick Warren, so why not simply let him speak.
If my liver doesn’t work perfectly and I take a pill for that, there’s no shame in that. Why is it that if my brain doesn’t work perfectly and I take a pill I’m supposed to hide that? – Rick Warren
My life is inseparably intertwined and enriched by a host of friends and family (none of which I will name, because that is their story to tell in their time) who have endured the struggles of mental illness; and I'm sure your's has too. (Whether you know it or not.)
We could take the remainder of this blog (and countless more) to explain the foolishness of the archaic and unbiblical thinking that mental illness is a sign of weak or unsure faith, but I would rather encourage rather than correct today.
As someone who has not yet had to endure the pain and fear of mental illness myself I want to say that I can not imagine the pain, frustration, fear, sorrow, confusion, and, even sometimes, shame that comes along with this struggle.
I want you to know that there is no shame in struggling.
You are no less of a person.
It is not your fault.
You will not and you should not feel responsible to simply, "snap out of it" or "get over it."
Those around you love you and want to walk with you through this.
If there are meds available that will help, with a glad heart thank God for the common grace that you were born in a nation and a time that affords you that great blessing from God.
It is time that we, as the church, stand vocally with those whose life has been altered by mental illness of any kind and to any degree!
It seems fitting to end with a quote from Rick Warren's wife:
People with depression have something very valuable to teach us – how to live when it doesn’t ever feel good. – Kay Warren
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