Anyway, here are the statistics I promised:
- 32% of the working-age population develops at least one serious mental disorder over the course of life. (And again, we're talking serious mental disorders here -- stuff such as major depression, mania, psychosis, panic disorder, or addiction.)
- This means that, at any given time, anywhere from three-percent to five-percent of all practicing physicians are unfit to see patients. (Presumably, the same is true of plumbers, particle physicists, and pastors.)
Number one: stick around long enough, and you are just about guaranteed to be there when some of your church members go through serious mental illness.
Number two: chances are pretty good that a few of your church members are going through something like that right now.
And number three: if someone has been giving you a hard time lately, then you may want to consider the possibility that it may not be their fault -- not in the sense that you can really hold them responsible for their actions. Don't take it personally, in other words; you just happened to catch them at a rough time.