I’m all for feeling good about ourselves and being grateful for the gifts God has given us. And I’m all for building ourselves up with positive talk about how great a creation we are and how marvelously talented we are. Those are really nice things to do, but in the midst of our happy talk, we need to accept the glaring reality that each of us, to some degree or another, has a sick mind.

 

Its wiring and chemistry might be functioning perfectly, but it’s functioning in the human state of perpetual sickness that takes us down paths we neither need nor want to travel. Of course, these paths never fail to appear pleasant and pleasurable as we begin down them. But if they’re not God’s path, they’re not the path of truth or wisdom, but rather a path leading to death and destruction.

 

People can watch their lives fall into complete disarray and confusion for years, and yet still believe they’ll find a way to help themselves. Perhaps they’ve heard the term “self-help” and without exploring what that really means, think that there are a lot of people succeeding because they’ve figured out how to help themselves. Nothing could be further from the truth.

 

The self-help that really helps is God help, it’s group help, it’s expert help. It’s anything but a person’s sick mind finally finding the path to a great and wonderful life. The sick mind that leads us down the wrong path isn’t going to somehow find the right path one day. In order to find that path, we must seek help beyond ourselves. We must reach out and find the treatment we need.

 

Wise Counsel

 

Reaching out to get the help you need doesn’t come only in the form of a recovery group or a counselor’s office. Many times the help you need could be found at the local church.

 

But for it to be effective you need to be part of that church and involved in it. If you’ve gone to work on your connections and have become part of the church community, you’re in a place to allow those in charge to influence your life. Wise pastors are alert to the condition of your life. They can see and perceive things you may not. But your life has to be open and available to them. They have to know you through your involvement in community with them. Hebrews 13:17 says: “Be responsive to your pastoral leaders.

Listen to their counsel. They are alert to the condition of your lives and work under the strict supervision of God” (The Message). Responsive and listen are extremely important words in this passage and to your future. Are you listening to a pastor? Are you responsive to what the pastor says? Or are you still running your own recovery and healing show?

 

We all need someone to help us, to urge us along, and to guide us in giving up our rebellious ways and being obedient to God’s direction. Wise counsel from a pastor can ensure that we know the truth and that we live by it.

 

The Big Lie

 

The big lie you may be telling yourself is that you can figure this out on your own. I don’t think so. I think if you could, you’d have done so by now. With all the pain and struggle you’ve endured, I believe you would’ve figured it out by now and put the fix in place. But you haven’t because you can’t. Although you might see that as a weakness, the greatest act of strength you can exhibit is to admit you don’t have the answer within you and to turn to someone who does.