A Prescription for Good Mental Health
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A Prescription for Good Mental Health

Several years ago one of my church members confessed to me, his pastor, that

he had committed a crime that was currently being investigated in the small

town where we lived.  He told me he had a hard time sleeping because he

imagined every sound he heard was the police coming to shackle him.  When he

would pass a police car on the highway his hands would instantly grow wet on

the steering wheel and his knees would go weak.  He was a paranoid

psychological wreck.  The only way he was going to find peace was to make

things right.

 

His predicament reminded me of Proverbs 28:1, “The wicked flee when no one

pursues.”  There are amazing benefits to be had by living an honest life.

Not only will God bless such a life but you don’t have to worry about being

caught.  If you cheat on your income tax you hold your breath every time you

open the mailbox thinking today is the day you get the letter from Uncle Sam

informing you of an impending audit.   If you are speeding down the highway

you cannot enjoy the scenery.  You have to have one eye on the rear view

mirror and be tensed to hit the brake whenever any government-looking car

appears.

 

“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,

nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful;

but his delight is in the law of the LORD.  He shall be like a tree planted

by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, . . . and

whatever he does shall prosper.”  Psalm 1:1

 

Written by Roger Bothwell on August 6, 2008

Spring of Life, 901 Signorelli Circle, St. Helena, CA 94574