Light Like a Candle

Spread mental health awareness in your community today, as a child of God!

This month of May 2021 is Mental Health Awareness Month in all parts of the world.  

This month excites me because it brings awareness to mental illnesses, as they relate to mental health, to all parts of the world. It can even shine the light of Christ brighter, in believers who are diagnosed with a mental illness, so that their light can shine brighter, from the inside and out, of them. 

~”You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”~ Matthew 5:14-16, New International Version~ 

Being diagnosed with a mental illness does not make a child of God a lesser person than a person, who is not diagnosed with a mental illness. In fact, being diagnosed with a mental illness makes that person special in the eyes of God because that person can be used by God in various outlets to bring the light and love of His Son, Jesus Christ, to the multitudes. 

I am diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I talk about this diagnosis more extensively in my book that is to be published soon, “A Victory Song.” Even though I am diagnosed with bipolar disorder, I do not let that stop me from doing the things that God has called me to do while on this earth. 

Some of the things that God has called me to do, as a child of God with bipolar disorder, include publishing my first book, making and creating artwork that glorifies God, and writing and illustrating children’s books in the future. Even writing for Atlanta Christian Voice is a way for me to glorify God in this lifetime as I do the work with His hands that He has called me to do: write! 

Just as the Holy Spirit of God can use me to be the light and love of Jesus Christ to the multitudes, He can use you to shine like a candle to the multitudes through your mental illness. Whether it be paranoid schizophrenia or an epilepsy diagnosis, God can still use you and the talents and gifts that He has called you to walk into, as a child of God, to those in the world who need to hear about Jesus the most. 

~“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” ~John 13:34-35, New International Version~ 

And it will be by your light that those in the world will see it and know that you really are a child of the King, in spite of your mental health diagnosis. May the Lord bless you abundantly and keep you in the shadow of His wings during Mental Health Awareness Month. God bless you!  

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Sarah Dickens is the News Editor of Atlanta Christian Voice. Sarah has a B.A. in Mass Communication from Georgia College and State University and two M.A. degrees in Global Studies and Pastoral Counseling with a focus in Dobson Center Marriage and Family Studies from Liberty University. She is currently working on her M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Liberty University and hopes to be licensed to practice counseling in the next few years. Sarah lives in Atlanta, Georgia, where she humbly serves the Lord, friends, and others at First Baptist Church of Atlanta. Her two greatest passions are ministering to children and serving on the missions field. After working on the mission field in Lebanon, Japan, and Uganda, she hopes to continue taking the Gospel of Jesus Christ to other lands. Her favorite hobbies include blogging, ballroom dancing, making and creating art, and reading books by Christian authors while sipping a cup of tea from one of her favorite tea mugs. Her life verse from the Bible is Philippians 4:13, which states, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."
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