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Saturday, July 01, 2006

Staying Sane in a Crazy World

It's rare that I will post something that is not original to me, however, in cleaning out desk drawers today I came across the following article. At the time several years ago, it spoke volumes to me and still does today. For some reason, it seemed to be that it needed to be shared with you.

The below are excerpts from an article by Joe Murray, published in the Atlanta Journal a number of years ago.

"There are health rules for your head as well as for your body. We begin with the premise that the hardest things are the simplest things. Therefore, all can be summed up in a simple sentence: Tell the Truth.

Yep, that's it. But let me quote further:

Basically, the roots of mental health are honesty, directness and lack of deceit in what we do, what we say and what we believe. If that is not precise enough for you, let me brief it up:

Don't worship the wrong gods, particularly man-made images of such; don't use God's name vilely; pick you a Sabbath day and keep it; respect your parents; don't kill, run around on your spouse, steal or lie; don't lust for what others have.

Granted, that's hard to remember, simple though it is. Heaven knows, I forget from time to time. But, if you can just love God and love your fellow man, all else will fall into place - as opposed to falling to pieces.

And that in a, pardon the expression, nutshell is my psychiatrist's own personal No-Pest Strip for keeping the bats out of the belfry."

Okay, back to me.....isn't this well said? I am certainly aware that many mental and emotional conditions are a result of physical circumstances and may require some medication or counseling. As one who has suffered from generalized anxiety disorder for over twenty years, take daily medication and at various times during that period have required counseling help, I can certainly attest to the physical side. HOWEVER, so much of our own mental and emotional health depends on our relationship with God. Joe Murray summed it up so well in those phrases - "Tell The Truth" and "Love God and your fellow man".

From the Word of God -

"Let your 'Yes, be Yes' or your 'No, be No'; anything beyond this is evil."(Matthew 5:37)

"Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God and the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength." (Deuteronomy 6:4-5)

Be God's, my friends, and go in His Love each day.


At 4:16 PM, Blogger Janice said...


Happy Independence Day! I received a message today from Pakistan, reminding Americans they do not share the same freedeom there that we do. Christians in Pakistan "covet" our prayers.

Thanks for your post. It is always good to see you writing again, instead of re-writing. :)


At 3:36 PM, Anonymous Dabbling Mum said...

Well said. I think being truthful is such a wonderful trait.

At 4:04 PM, Blogger Vicki said...

Good post, great reminders, Jimmy. Hope you're doing well.

At 12:03 PM, Blogger Cindy said...

Great Article. Thanks for sharing!

God Bless,


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