By Rev. Paul N. Papas II
29 March 2011
Over the years we can often look back and see certain turning points in our lives that can be traced to one event or decision.
A certain courthouse in Ohio stands in a unique location. Raindrops that fall on the north side of the building go into Lake Ontario and the Gulf of St Lawrence, while those falling on the south side go into the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico. At precisely the point of the peak of the roof, just a gentle puff of wind can determine the destiny of many raindrops. It will make a difference of more than 2,000 miles as to their final destination.
By the smallest deed or choice of words we might set in motion influences that could change the course of others’ lives here and now that could also affect their future.
We have to be so careful to send clear consistent signals to our young people about the importance of living right, this also true of anyone in a leadership position. Leading by example has also been the best way. You have probably heard the phrase “do as I say, not as I do”. For some leaders their actions are speaking so loudly that we can’t hear their words.
The computer is a very complex piece of technology that I don’t totally understand. I do know that if one small file is corrupted or prevented from working then a whole program or even the entire computer will not work.
Our brain is far more complex than the most advanced version of a computer build by man. We do know a human brain does malfunction at times which is one reason we have very sophisticated medical devices. The reasons and causes of the malfunctions within a human brain are not always known. Medical research has become very advanced in addressing malfunctions within a human brain.
We seem to do well in addressing strokes or aneurisms within the brain. People in general will rush to the side and visit someone in the hospital who has suffered a stroke or has a problem with an aneurism. There are many who would not do the same if the malfunction within the brain is a medical issue of a mental illness. Too many times a person who has a medical issue of a mental illness becomes the butt of jokes or is shunned.
There are many connections within the brain and sometimes, just as in any computer, the connections just don’t make the connection. This failure to connect causes issues. In the case of a medical issue of a mental illness the person’s thought process and actions don’t always seem to match those he or she had before the malfunction, nor do they seem to match those of many others around.
There has been and continues to be research to determine the best way to restore the connections with the human brain, as well as ways to help those who have a medical issue of a mental illness live a good quality life. There are also many good quality programs and counselors who can help family, friends, and those who have a medical issue of a mental illness deal with the various issues that arise.
One in five people are affected by a medical issue of a mental illness. It could be themselves, a family member or co-worker that is affected. Everyone affected has the same basic needs, love, acceptance, and fellowship. Remember you can hug and it won’t rub off.
Which way will your actions fall from your roof today?
Rev. Paul N. Papas II is a Pastoral Counselor with Narrow Path Ministries (MA and AZ) and Founder of Family Renewal Center (AZ) http://www.narrowpathministries.org and http://www.familyrenewalcenteraz.org