If I pull back the curtain of reasonable thought and entertain one delusion of grandeur, this is what I see:
There is darkness, but I see a lighthouse in the distance. I share my story, and it lights up. The light is dim but hopeful.
Then something miraculous happens. As people share their stories, more lighthouses light up, one by one. Each story illuminates the darkness just a little more until the sky shines as brightly as the noonday sun.
Your journey has value. Even the bleakest points. Especially the bleakest points. There is a reason the word “test” is in the word testimony.
I believe that one voice in the darkness has the power to change lives by shining a light on our similarities instead of our differences. The light it emits may be dim, but you cannot discount value of that light. If that one voice leads to another voice speaking up, the light grows brighter.
My vision for My Big Fat Bipolar Life has always included the creation of a safe, Christ-centered, interactive community where those who struggle with mental illness—and those who love them—can share their stories and find support, encouragement and hope. I call that community The Light Brigade.
Click here to join The Light Brigade’s Facebook community to become part of the conversation and find support, encouragement and hope.