How Being Involved in Church Can Be Good for Your Mental Health
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
You already have a lot to deal with. Depression and anxiety are things you struggle with every day. You just want to live in peace. But what if serving or being involved in your Church community is an excellent way of dealing with mental health? What if God wants to use your story to help others in the church?
The truth is:
We are living in times when one can easily attend a church service at the comfort of their home. This is great because we can continue to feed our souls with the word of God, especially in times when we cannot go to church. But this can also lead to neglect of the most important thing, and that is gathering together as believers. (Hebrews 10:25)
Now, living in separation, especially for those of us that are struggling with mental health issues, can be very tempting. After all, it seems most people don’t understand us, even those in the church community.
But here is the thing;
The enemy wants us to live in isolation so that he can continue to attack our minds with negative thoughts.
That’s why it is essential to belong to a church community.
How will being involved in your church community be good for your mental help?
Serving others Brings Joy and Peace
One of the ways that you can worship God is through serving. Through it, you get to express gratitude to God for taking care of you, and this brings peace and joy in your heart.
Not just that, but when you surround yourself with other people, you get to see life from a different perspective. You get to hear other people’s testimonies, and this will help you to keep fighting the good fight of faith. (Proverbs 27:17)
Improves your Self Esteem
Being involved in a church community will help you to develop your spiritual gifts, and this will improve your self-esteem. See, most times, we end up having thoughts of how we are not good enough and how we shall never amount to anything. But serving others and being involved in a church community will help you discover, nurture, and utilize your spiritual gifts in a way that glorifies God.
Helps us to Shift our Focus
One of the reasons why we struggle with depression is we focus on ourselves and not God. We spend hours and hours thinking about how we are not good enough. Serving and belonging to a community will help us shift our focus from self to God. We will get to see the true nature of God and his grace towards us through others. This will leave us feeling confident. Serving also acts as a good distraction from our fears and anxieties. (Ecclesiastes 4: 9-12)
All in all
God has called us to serve others, not just for their own good but also for our own. Belonging to a community will help you learn about other people’s experiences. You will be able to meet other people who struggle with mental health issues and learn how they deal with them. Being around others will also help you to shift your focus from self to God. Serving God and others will bring joy and peace in your heart.