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So, to remove the stigma counseling is enshrouded in, let’s address the 10 most common myths that are keeping Christians from the counseling they need.
“Jesus said to them, ‘It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners’” (Mark 2:17)
While there’s little hesitation for someone to schedule an appointment with a family physician when they’re under the weather, there seems to be a great pause for most people before considering talking with a therapist.
This hesitation seems to run deepest within Christian circles. From a need to portray a perfect life to feeling like a disappointment to God for needing help, a Christian can feel a lot of guilt in seeing a medical-mental professional. But the truth is, God never expected us to be perfect. If he did, he wouldn’t have sent Jesus!
1. "If the Lord is my strength, I can't be weak."
The Lord is your strength—that’s true! (Take a look at Psalm 28:7.) But where it gets dangerous is confusing his strength with our strength. He is perfect, all-powerful, and never-changing. We are imperfect, inconsistent, and not nearly as strong. When we mix the two up, we’re left thinking we’re strong enough to handle every problem on our own and put off counseling.
But what’s fantastic about God’s strength is that it’s perfect in our weakness. When we’re downtrodden, God picks us up. And guess what! Sometimes that help is through counseling. When you seek out a faithful Christian counselor, don’t view it as a flaw—view it as a way to access more of God’s strength in your thought we could do life alone because he makes it quite clear that together, with those around us, we are the body of Christ.
2. "I need to have it all together."
“If I don’t have my life completely together, how will people ever be brought to Christ?”
Oh, dear sweet friend! Your perceived perfection isn’t going to be the thing that brings droves of people to church. In fact, quite the opposite! Pretending to have your life completely together can be such a turn-off. It makes people feel guilty about the less-than-glamorous parts of their lives. Plus being vulnerable with your struggles—and how God mightily works through them—can be such a compelling testimony.
Now, I want you to know I completely understand not wanting everyone to know your struggles. Trust me—I get it. But it’s still powerful to be able to talk with someone, say a counselor, who’s sworn to confidentiality. Once you to talk through everything with someone, you’ll be surprised by the freedom you feel to tell others your story.
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