Essential or Non-Essential– Which one are you?
A historic time of self-isolation. On March 25th, Governor Little issued an order for Idahoans to self-isolate for 21 days. The order states that all essential businesses are to remain open and all non-essential businesses are to close, with an inventory of essential and non-essential listed. As mental health providers we are troubled with the wording of “essential” and “non-essential.” It sets up a potential hierarchy: If your job is essential, are you perceived as more important? If your job is non-essential, are you less important? As this time of isolation continues and if you’re a “non-essential” worker, you may feel less important to your family and to society. How will you provide for your loved ones? How long will the things you have worked so hard to get still be yours? If you aren’t contributing to the solution, then you may feel you are part of the problem.
Essential and non-essential. What a great subject to address during this Easter time. To society, Jesus was essential on Palm Sunday as they paraded Him into Jerusalem with palm leaves and shouts of “Hosanna!” As the week progressed, the same society declared him non-essential as they shouted, “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!” And so, He was crucified. But that’s not the end of the story. He rose on the third day, overcoming sin and death. He provides eternal life for all who accept Him as Savior and Lord.
Does Jesus declare us essential or non-essential? Would you die a horrible gruesome death for someone who wasn’t important to you? Jesus’ whole purpose of coming to earth was to make a gateway between God and you.
“For there is no difference between (the Essential) and (the Non-Essential)- the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’” Romans 10: 12, 13
You are always essential to Jesus!! If you need help during this time, please feel free to contact us. We will be blessed to assist you emotionally and/or spiritually. Myrna & Annette
Providing secular and faith-based counseling for individuals and families challenged by marital, parenting, adolescent, and abuse issues.
Myrna Thatcher, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and Annette Smith, Lay Christian Adviser are the founders of AbbaDaddy House. Myrna has been in private practice for 23 years, 17 of those years Annette and Myrna have been partners. We hold Certifications of Professional Studies in Adlerian Psychology and apprenticeships in Prayer Based Healing.
In counseling we simply present the love of Jesus. He mends broken hearts. After all, God made the mind and only He can heal the mind. We are just the tools Jesus uses. With that said, there are some who choose to not openly involve Jesus in their counseling sessions. That’s fine. It’s their choice. Christ never pushed Himself on anyone and we follow His lead. But that doesn’t stop us from praying for them. More times than not, the client ends up “allowing” Jesus in their therapeutic process.
We are also not out for the money. Our focus is ministry. If you are a Grangeville Christian Church member, then we do not charge you for sessions. However, we will bill your insurance If you have behavioral health coverage. If you are not a member, have insurance or don’t have insurance coverage, but you are willing to work on your issues, then make an appointment. Let’s talk and come to an agreement that you can afford.