Under Pressure

posted by Bethel Care & Compassion | May 29, 2019

Do you feel the pressure?


The expectation to live an Instagram-worthy life that boasts of meaningful connections, enjoying God’s creation, and having it all together. Sometimes, this pressure rings as true within the walls of the church as it does outside it. The pressure builds and our picture-perfect life starts to crumble. Losing a job, receiving a difficult diagnosis, family crisis, parenting struggles, childhood trauma, difficult relationships, feeling burnt-out and overwhelmed. “I really am okay,” you tell yourself again, so you don’t have to face the reality of the disappointment you feel inside. “I’m good, thanks for asking,” you answer for the fifth time in-a-row walking into church, all while plastering on your best attempt at a smile and hoping no one notices the tears welling up, ready to spill over.

Jesus came for the broken. He came for the weary. “Jesus said to them, ‘It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.’” (Mark 2:17). If that is true, why do we try to promote ourselves as having it all together when we really feel like it’s falling apart? We all have bad days, the fallen nature of our world ensures this, but when does the onslaught of bad days start to stack up to something more? It doesn’t feel right to bring our burdens and struggles with us to church on Sunday, but isn’t that exactly where we should bring them? 

Asking for help can often feel like defeat. And when life’s struggles come at us triggering anxiety or bringing along pain, suffering, and even depression, our human nature is to turn inward and isolate. Shouldn’t my faith in God alone sustain me? I don’t want to burden anyone with my problems. If I walk down front for prayer, everyone will know something’s wrong with me. Isn’t asking for help admitting my faith is weak? 

Counseling is an avenue God can use to bring freedom and healing. Whether you are struggling to accept a new transition, dealing with difficult family relationships, or feeling overwhelmed by anxiety or depressive thoughts, a trained counselor can be someone who God uses to shed light on your situation and help you uncover truth to find freedom from shame, guilt, stress, or challenges that seem too big to face alone. Our world is filled with brokenness, and as Christians, we are not immune. Developing a relationship with a trusted counselor can help you facilitate a deeper connection with God as you discover the root causes of your own brokenness and work towards healing parts of you that have been buried or neglected. Entering into counseling could bring you renewed hope for a broken relationship or help you beat that addictive cycle that has continued to burden your soul. 

Here at Bethel we have established a trusted network of local, Christian counselors. If you find yourself in need of seeking counseling services, this network is a great place to start. Most counselors take insurance, but if finances are a barrier to care you can email care@bethel.ch to learn more about financial assistance for counseling. Still not sure if counseling is for you? Fill out a counseling request online and one of our staff with get back to you to answer questions or help you find other resources within our Care & Compassion ministry that may be a good fit for you.

Our real lives don’t mirror trend-setting Instagram posts. Life is messy and full of disappointment. We get hurt, abused, broken, and overwhelmed. Asking someone to help you navigate that brokenness isn’t defeat, it’s an invitation to discover the depths of God’s love as you walk towards healing in the power of Jesus’ name. 

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