4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. 6Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.
— Phillipians 4, 4-9
“Almost 24 million Americans have diabetes.” My father and two of my little cousins, aged 7 and 9 are included in that number. They have Type 1 Diabetes and have to prick their finger to check their blood sugar anywhere from 3 to 12 times a day and take insulin shots at least twice a day. While someone with diabetes would not willingly deny treatment, of the “approximately 20.9 million American adults, or about 9.5 percent of the U.S. population, [who] have a mood disorder,” “fewer than half of those suffering from this illness seek treatment.” “Why?” you ask? According to the Institute of Mental Health, “many people resist treatment because they believe depression isn’t serious, that they can treat it themselves or that it is a personal weakness rather than a serious medical illness.” Science discovered quite some time ago that mental illnesses are caused not by personal weaknesses, or spiritual ones for that matter, but rather chemical and/or hormonal imbalances that affect the way a person thinks and perceives the world around them. It seems however, that the rest of the world is slow to catch up with this information. (more…)