Well, Just How Serious Is It?
I don’t think I have a problem. I know I can stop any time. Sure, once or twice my wife has told me that maybe I shouldn’t - but not that often. Really. I think other people do it way more than I do! I reckon I am pretty good really…
Whether I have ‘a sweet tooth’ & snack late at night or whether I spend way too much time & money at the Casino, I reckon that my personal health & wellbeing is dependent not only on me but necessarily involves others too. Sure, I can use the many self-assessment tools available. But what is the point if I am not honest with myself. How many of us, and especially us males, would keep putting off getting help if it wasn’t for the comments of those we trust. And that also raises the issue of just how important it is to talk to someone who knows how human beings are meant to function. Someone like a Doctor or Mental Health professional who has trained and met enough people to have a fairly good idea what is healthy and what is sick.
I can still feel ‘normal’ but actually be self-delusional. I can get up and go about my day not knowing that I have a growth internally attacking my health. I might even note a symptom or two, but how easy is it to dismiss them as part of life, aging or just more of an annoyance than a serious problem?
I reckon it’s not much different when it comes to the matter of our spiritual health. Both individually and as a community of Christ followers. It will help me, and you, to be honest as we reflect on what God expects of us. As important as it is to attend to our daily self-assessment (Bible reading & prayer) every now & then we need to listen to an outside view. Our Christian teachings make it clear that our spiritual wellbeing depends on others. Godly vitality is not based on the individual but on how attached we all are to Jesus Christ himself (Read John 17 or Ephesians). Corporate prayer, profession of faith, respect, rebuke and forgiveness are part of the healthy body – other person focussed activities. As we at St John’s begin our “Embers to a Flame” series on church revitalisation we, together, are going to need to take this health check seriously. We are going to need to listen to the One who actually knows us better than we know ourselves and honestly ask Him “well, just how serious is it?”