You are never alone – Poor mental health can make us feel ashamed and alone. The reality is that two-thirds of us suffer from some form of mental health problem, and the more we talk about it and are honest, the easier it becomes for people to get the help they need.
This eye-opening moment happened many years ago. And while God did begin to change me, it didn’t happen in the way I’d anticipated. My honest desire to please God grew, and my actions soon stemmed from that desire—not from a works-based checklist.
To understand my perspective on Father’s Day, you need to know a bit about my relationship with my father. Initially, there was no intention of him becoming my “father.” He was the pastor of the church that sat across the street from our foster home placement in a small community outside of Birmingham.
“What this pandemic did is sort of show me how we need to get our priorities in order,” said Pastor LT Mabry of St. Paul MB Church. “From here on out, my priorities will be to serve the people … We have got to meet the needs of our communities whatever it be.”
Churches around the country are wrestling with the issue of how to re-engage regular churchgoers whose attendance has trailed off during the pandemic. In September, LifeWay Research found most pastors said their congregation had less than 70 percent of its pre-COVID crowds.
As Ability Tree works to meet a need in the community, the JBU student body is doing what it can to meet the needs of the organization. Through classroom assignments, volunteer opportunities and outreach ministries, John Brown University is seeking to engage with the community that surrounds it.
My listeners peppered me with questions, and we discussed them one by one. Most often I asked them a question in return, and they found themselves answering their own questions based on what they'd already learned. Sometimes I said, "That will be answered in an upcoming story."
I don't think I'm the only one who longs to have answers. As leaders, sometimes we're expected to know what to say and what to do. Throughout Paige's struggle, I wanted to be able to assure her that it was going to get better and easier; I wanted to believe that, if we prayed about it enough, it would be so.