“Strength for Today … Hope for Tomorrow” is the theme for one World Bipolar Day event in Australia this year. Churchgoers will recognize the echo of a popular hymn, “Great is Thy Faithfulness” and recall that our strength and hope are rooted in God.
Living with bipolar disorder shapes my life in ways that many people define as “broken.” It often makes me an outsider. It can generate thoughts and behaviors that make other people anxious if I allow them entry to my world. It makes me subject to both stigma and discrimination in both subtle and not so subtle forms.
Still, I would say that my condition adds value to my life and to the Body of Christ. It allows me to serve in places where others are afraid to go and challenges me to seek God in ways others feel uncompelled. Here are 7 ways I’ve noticed that mental illness helps me to know God.Continue reading