As we enter into the winter months, for some, this time of year can heighten negative emotions and feelings of depression and anxiety. Days seem longer and become darker sooner, not to mention the cold weather and blustering wind. But, what does the bible say about our mental health and how we ought to think about our lives, especially as seasons change?
Proverbs 12:25 (NIV) addresses this subject by stating, "Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.” This is why it is so important to belong to a church and stay connected to fellow believers. When one person is down or in need of encouragement and prayer, others can lift them up. The enemy wants us to be disconnected and isolate ourselves in shame, but there is nothing to be embarrassed about if you are struggling with thinking the right thoughts and feeling good about yourself or a specific situation. Instead, reach out to someone who is trustworthy and spiritually mature who can provide biblically-sound, Christ-centered wisdom and advice.
Oftentimes, life will bring about change and with it comes the need to adjust to a new normal or rearrange our priorities. Whatever you are going through, God wants you to lean on Him rather than try and figure things out yourself. Proverbs 3:6 reassures us that if we trust in Him, He will guide us in the right direction. Obeying this command keeps us from getting lost in our own mindset and way of resolving matters. God longs for us to abide in Him, particularly when things seem uncertain and difficult. In Matthew 11:28 (NLT), Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”
Finally, our perspective can make all the difference when it comes to accepting where we are and the need to do or be better. However, without putting Christ first, nothing we plan or hope for will matter because we are created to worship and honor Him with our whole being, including how and what we think. Paul wrote these words to help us meditate on what pleases God: “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” – Philippians 4:8 (NLT)