Our Bishopric has issued a scripture challenge--They want us to have family scripture study every day and for every 7 consecutive days read we can give them a blue B of M paper for them to hang on the wall of the Bishop's office. The kids love it and it has wrought a great change in our thinking. How does this relates to mental illness? Well, while reading last night I came across a verse that ties into my last post and gives a little bit of an answer on overcoming obstacles. 1 Nephi 14:1 says that if we "harken unto the Lamb of God in that day that he shall manifest himself unto them in word, and also in power, in very deed, unto the taking away of their stumbling blocks--" So what does that mean for us?
In comparing stumbling blocks to obstacles, we find the answer. An obstacle is something that gets in the way or hinders your progress, but a stumbling block is moveable and usually put in someone's way to trip them up. Typically, an obstacle is something like a mountain or fence (i.e. an obstacle course). The obstacles make to journey more difficult, but are not in your control and not intended to make the task impossible. Basically, the obstacle is not partial and "out to get you." A stumbling block, in theory, is usually in your control. You, or someone else is, trying to sabotage your progress. In that sense, then if you are faithful then those things that are intended to make you fail are removed and just the things that are intended to make you stronger, the obstacles, remain. So the journey is supposed to be hard, but complete-able.
A mental illness is an obstacle. We can make it over them and become a better and stronger person in the process. If we allow ourselves to be bogged down by mental illness, to make depression a bad habit, then we place stumbling blocks in our path. Those can be removed so that we can succeed if we turn to God in everything we do. So let's brave those obstacles and be faithful.