Are you suffering from “PTSD?” No, not that PTSD. I’m talking about Post Traumatic Serving Disorder.” You’ve never been diagnosed you say? Let me help you. It’s when you’ve served God’s people so long and seen so much you’ve just about given up on God and people.
It’s when you can’t hear a choir sing without criticizing every note, line, and song. When you do, all you see is flashbacks of Sister Suzie or Brother Johnnie so and so. It’s when you listen to a sermon and all you hear are mental replays of the latest juice flowing through the grapevine.
Post Traumatic Serving Disorder is a very real thing. Don’t believe me? Let’s take a closer look. Here’s the textbook definition of the more commonly known mental health disorder known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder according to the National Institute of Mental Health:
“A condition of persistent mental and emotional stress occurring as a result of injury or severe psychological shock, typically involving disturbance of sleep and constant vivid recall of the experience, with dulled responses to others and to the outside world.”
This condition as the call it is happening in churches around the world every day. Someone somewhere is experiencing a traumatic word or incident that will wound them potentially leaving them mentally, emotionally, and spiritually damaged for life.
Unfortunately, in most cases the preacher will preach on, the choir will sing on, the ushers will greet on and business will continue as usual. All this will be happening while someone is dying on the inside reliving what sister or brother so and so said or did over and over again.
If you’re still not convinced, here’s a quick breakdown of common symptoms of PTSD:
- Repeated unwanted traumatic memories of what happened.
- Reliving what happened in your mind over and over again.
- Emotional stress or turmoil accompanied by physical reactions when reminded of what happened.
- Avoiding people, social settings, and similar situations
- Depression and hopelessness
- Hard time maintaining relationships
I could go on but you get the point. There are too many similarities to list. Many who deeply love God have suffered with Post Traumatic Serving Disorder in silence for years. They’ve been whispered about, taunted and mocked. Outside observers had no clue the pain they endured. It didn’t happen in front of everyone. The pastor may not even have known. Leadership may have been oblivious. It could have been caused by many or just a tiny few.
I’ve been there and I know how it feels. I’m here to talk about it in my new book “The #1 Thing Wrong With The Bible: Uncommon Wisdom For Healing Your Church Hurt.” In it, I share insight on how to heal deep scars caused by church hurt pain. It was written for those struggling with their faith who suffer with church hurt every day.
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