Dear minister, you need more than A STRONG SPIRIT to do ministry, you equally need A SOUND MIND and A HEALTHY BODY.
Don’t break down mentally in the course of ministry. The challenges that come with ministry work can drain your mental resources if you don’t put structures in place to take care of your mind.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Mental Health is “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community”.
In this hour, depression and suicide rate among Christians appears to be on the rise.
Many factors of course can be responsible for this, ranging from:
* Low self-esteem
* Peer Pressure
* Wrong “doctrine”
* Quick Fixes
* Unhealed Wounds
* Lack of Contentment
* Faulty Spiritual Upbringing
* Stunted Spiritual Growth
* Satanic Manipulation
These, and many more abound. You see, CHALLENGES OF LIFE COME TO ALL OF US – I couldn’t quantify my elation when I first heard Dad Hagin make that statement some years ago.
And I thought, “That’s the father of the Faith Movement talking”. And then I heard Oral Roberts say, “Expect the best but prepare for the worst” – of course I understood the context in which Papa Roberts made that statement.
Trials of faith come to everyone. Challenges of life come to everyone. It is what people tell you that you know.
Therefore don’t kill yourself because of challenges. Trust God in faith and a brand new day shall appear.
Don’t ever compare yourself with anyone. Some people you envy on social media are only “packaging” while others genuinely move on with their lives irrespective of their current challenges.
Don’t kill yourself because you feel backward seeing people display their exploits on social media.
They have their challenges too, and of course you know that people don’t put their “shortcomings” or “failures” on social media.
Be contented. And you see, CONTENTMENT IS NOT CONTAINMENT. And it is not a LACK OF IMPROVEMENT.
Contentment is accepting where you are currently with thanksgiving in your heart while you move on to keep getting better and bigger by His Grace available to you.
You’re not a failure no matter what circumstances are saying. See yourself in the light of God’s golden plan for your life.
I remember some years ago; one of my sons in ministry (a Barrister) went to preach somewhere and people were blessed really.
But then he came back to tell me that God disappointed him and that he expected God to do more, therefore he was sad.
I hushed him and asked him to desist from complaining and start thanking God for the ministration – you see, that’s how depression sometimes starts creeping into people’s minds.
If you feel depressed, talk to God about it. Feed on the Word. Pray in the Spirit. Fellowship with the saints. Listen to good Christian music. Relax your brain. Go do some sports.
And very importantly, talk to people around you whom you can trust – mature and credible ministers or saints of God.
Don’t ever keep it to yourself. And you may also need to see a Doctor. Checking your mental health does not mean you have “psycho”.
Just like you check up on your Blood Pressure (BP), you’ve got to “check up” on your mental health.
Ministers are not angels. They can break down too if care is not taken. Ministers slip into depression too. You remember Elijah?
A great man of God of blessed memory (name witheld), on his sick bed, was telling Dr. Benny Hinn how he was neglected by fellow ministers while in that condition – he said it when Benny Hinn visited him.
We can be our brother’s keeper. We can stand by and encourage one another while the day approaches.
I was also watching an interview of a popular man of God in Nigeria who was driving on Third Mainland bridge in Lagos at a time.
While on the bridge, he said the devil showed him the river on both sides and asked him to jump inside it.
Satan told him, “See your life now. There’s nothing to show for it. End it. End it. End it”.
At times you hear and read such things and you wonder, “Could this be true?” but alas, it is true!
And sometimes fellow ministers and believers don’t also help matter. We demonize the people who go through challenges in ministry and label them as “HAVING NO FAITH”.
No, there’s a need for a matured and holistic approach in helping other fellow soldiers and God is counting on us.
On a final note, God told me very early in ministry as far back as 2005, “NEVER MEASURE YOUR SUCCESS BY ANOTHER MAN’S SUCCESS”, and I believe there’s a whole lot in that statement to encourage us.
The future is bright friends. Thank God for where you are now and believe Him for where He’s taking you.
You shall get there in Jesus’ Precious Name.
Remember, YOUR MENTAL HEALTH IS VERY IMPORTANT!!
I trust this made little sense Sirs and Mas?