by Dr. Regina Campbell
“Healing yourself is connected with healing others.” Yoko Ono
For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the Lord; because they called thee an Outcast, saying, This is Zion, whom no man seeketh after.
As we embark upon Christmas this is the time when many are not as excited and enthusiastic about spending time with family and friends. Perhaps you are that person that dreads the Holiday season all together. Perhaps you can’t wait until the Holiday comes and goes because it reminds you of an experience. That experience was hurtful and even harmful. You experienced a deep level of hurt and the Holiday season is a reminder of how hurt you were.
On the contrary I am confident in the word of God that states “I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds…” God is interested in restoration and healing. God desires to restore you back to the point in your life where you experience total healing that comes from the inside. God desires that we live a healthy life and healing from a bad experience is a part of God’s plan. Maybe you have experienced death of a close loved one, maybe you’ve experienced a loss of employment, maybe you’ve experienced a broken relationship, or maybe you’ve experienced a personal setback. Regardless of what you’ve experienced God wants to heal you completely!
First you must execute your faith and believe that God desires for you to be healed. To execute your faith is to open your heart to God and tell Him how you are hurting and that you no longer want to hold on to the pain. Also you must be willing to face the giant in the room and that is not to ignore the experience or the pain. Many times we just keep going as if we were not hurt or that we don’t care. However that is not the case so admit to God that you are truly hurting and if that means crying and feeling angry or disappointment that is okay as well. The key is acknowledging the pain and seeking God in prayer for God’s healing power to be established in your heart.
Second don’t spend time with people or things that remind you of that hurt because you can’t move forward. You have to make a conscious decision in your mind to move forward and refuse to allow a temporary experience to permanently damage and ruin the rest of your life. You have to look yourself in the mirror and state that “I am not my experience and I am more than a conqueror through Christ which strengthens me.”
Third decide to look at your life and add up the good that is in your life. Determine there are good people in your life and good can come from your life. You have to choose to measure your life success not on the bad but on the good that is amongst you. It’s your decision to accept where you are and say to yourself things are not as bad as they seem because most of the time we focus too much on the negative, too much on what we don’t have and too much on the bad experiences. When you are focusing on those things it is a guarantee that you will feel bad. I challenge you to find the good in every situation and smile because it could be worse.
Finally learn to give because as you give and serve others you will start to experience healing. Healing comes when you and I learn the awesome principle of serving others. It takes your mind off of you and your pain and places your attention on helping others. When you assist and serve others like volunteering at your local church or ministry, visiting the sick and sitting with them, cooking a meal for someone that is confined to their home, purchasing gifts for a family that is in need, you can’t help to fill a sense of purpose and belonging. With this feeling you will start to see that you are being healed in the process of helping others. There are so many ways you can serve and when you meet the needs of others. God will meet your need but most important you will feel self-actualization. Self-actualization is the highest level of fulfillment. Therefore to be healed is to give.