Update: I’m a regular auxiliary pioneer as of May 1, 2016.
Sometimes desperate circumstances call for desperate measures. Then again, Jehovah adds no pain with his requirements. These great mental health tenets also have biblical foundations:
- Keep things simple
- Put everything in its place (my hubby has OCD tendencies)
- Focus on the basics
- One day at a time
- Get fresh air, start exercising
- Don’t isolate
- Make thoughtful changes
The same ideas in the bulleted list above are taught in the Holy Scriptures. At Matthew 6:22 it states, “The lamp of the body is the eye. If, then, your eye is focused, your whole body will be bright”. The footnote lets us know that the context of the translated word “focused” is modern “simple”. So, keep your eye simple.
Along those lines we decided to simplify our 5 bedroom house (we have a lot of stuff for just two people and it’s a constant source of stress for my husband), downsize our wardrobes, cut our ties with the 9 to 5, and lead a much more frugal life.
Crazy, right? Then I thought, maybe the way we live right now is crazy. The average American spends 1/3 to 1/2 of their income on a home that takes 15 years to work to pay off. 76% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck. Maybe living the “normal” way is actually crazy. What if we could live on less and instead of investing in a career and house we could invest in our personal relationships with our creator, each other, and nature?
Next, I though about living vs. surviving. With PTSD it seems like the sufferer and their family just survive daily life. I want (and deserve) to see my husband really live, not just survive. What if by changing things drastically we could both get back to living instead of just getting through each day to face another filled with the same issues in the same spot?
Another scripture that kept coming to mind is Matthew 6:33 which states, “Keep on, then, seeking first the Kingdom and his righteousness, and all these other things will be added to you.” So we have decided to work on personal improvement so that we might serve God to the full extent that our own circumstances permit.
We start our mornings now with the daily text, a prayer, and either field service or medical appointments OR BOTH. We round out the end of the day with personal or family study, meetings, and housework. It’s still a little surreal, but I think that means we are on the right track.