At the time I wrote the last post my counselor, husband and friends tried to tell me not to think so much about always doing for other people. They believed I should “dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.” (Psalm 37:3) I had been pretty busy with Living Room and looking for ways to promote understanding in churches. But I couldn’t agree with them.

Psalm 37 also says to “Trust in the Lord and DO GOOD”. I can’t simply “dwell in the land” when there are things wrong with it. I’m not able to rest knowing there are people with mental health issues who are being made to feel they are less than others. How can I possibly relax when I see such injustice? Aren’t we called to follow Christ’s example of love and acceptance?

For at least twenty years I’ve given my all trying to make the world a better place for those living with mental health problems. That’s God’s clear call on my life. I don’t think I could ever stop. Matthew 5:6 speaks powerfully to me: Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

…and yet, here I am, having a few further thoughts: A time did come when I had to retire from Living Room work. My mental health was declining severely. Maybe friends had been right all along.

Will I be able find it within me to be wiser this time around and not be as strongly focused?