Mental Health Day, October 10th 2020 theme this year is ‘Mental Health for ALL’. Now this may appear to be an obvious statement but if we do not see or treat each other as the same, we may not offer the same support for All. We may need to examine our conscious, unconscious biases and differences to fully offer support for all.
God, The Ultimate Creator loves differences, just take a look around. From trees, animals, birds, aquatic creatures of all colours are purposely designed with differences to be unique. Yet they can all fall within a species or category to reflect being the same. God is unique.
First created humans came from Africa, this fact is now a stirring an array of excitement amongst the young people I work with. Children of all races are now seeking out information on Black People find it astonishing that all this history was never important enough to be shared. The unrest and protest from George Floyd’s tragedy has caused a passion for gleaning knowledge on not just Black People, but how the whole human existence began. God is unique.
God not only started the human race out of Africa, He designed us all to have different finger prints. But God did not stop there. In total, human beings have nine unique differences – ear lobes, retinas, irises, teeth, toe prints, tongues and our gait. God thought that even the way in which we are to walk and stand was going to be important. Stop and really think about this, throughout the centuries of humans being on this earth, not one other person will have any of those nine characteristics the same as you…God is unique.
The number 9 in the Bible is a symbol of completeness or finality – God made and designed you with intention and purpose. God is unique
DNA tests can only identify a person to a relative at 99.5%-99.9% match rate and not even identical twins are exactly the same. It is the 0.1% that will be unique to you. God is unique.
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
before you were born I set you apart;
I appointed you as a prophet to the nations Jeremiah 1:5 NIV
As we celebrate Black History Month this October, the waves caused by Black Lives Matter movement are seeing a great emphasis throughout the world on the contributions made by Black People. In ad
dition, organisations and agencies across the globe are now inviting, offering and enabling contributions from ethnic
minorities. Black People are now being heard and seen in areas that were led predominantly by white individuals.
The world is being coaxed into sharing historical artefacts – that Black People existed long before slavery.
However, you can enslave your mindsets and mental well-being by not knowing and growing into your purpose. Living with limits and conditionings that were not designed for you.
- How do you see yourself, as a slave or free?
- What external issues have colonialised your purpose and mindsets?
We all have different missions unique to us but we should all have the same outcome – to please God, regardless of class, abilities, race or gender.
For in Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through Him and for Him. Colossians 1:16 NIV
Knowing your differences, who you are and your purpose plays an important role in your mental well-being. That is why God made you with this unique feature that you are drawn instinctively to activate, work and fulfil this purpose.
Remember to God, we are all different but the same – what is your difference?
Over thinking who you are or not realising your value and self-worth are distractions compromising your search for this vital link to your existence. If left unattended or inactive your mental well-being may struggle to align itself to accomplish the role you were designed for.
If God made you with such precision and uniqueness, you may want to use the 9 characteristics to help you to free yourself to move and work your purpose.
Ears Lobes What are you listening to?
Retina What is your vision?
Iris What are you letting into your vision?
Teeth What are you putting into your purpose?
Tongue What are you asking or speaking?
Toes What weights are you balancing?
Gait Where are you positioned or moving towards?
If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward. – Martin Luther King, Jr