What is normal? Normality is a question that most people strive to answer and I find that it is an important topic. Many of you know it is Autism Awareness and Mental Health month and normality is discussed with great strives to push a modern agenda of understanding in regards to mental health and disorder.
I’m no expert on Autism and I don’t have many friends in the spectrum. What I do know, however, is mental health and mental disability. When I got to the 4th Grade, I was diagnosed with inattentive ADHD. I then began on medication treatment for the next eight years. ADHD medication is a complicated subject as it has many different affects on many different people. When it comes to my meds, I was quiet, relatively boring, and I struggled eating. I wouldn’t eat much and I remained at 120 lbs. for most of high school. I also remained very serious and was extremely quiet and shy. I stopped taking my medication, ignoring the recommendations of my psychiatrist. I gained weight, healthily of course, and I felt better about myself. I felt “normal” and I felt amazing. But, what is “normal”?
“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”
Genesis 1:27 NIV
We have a social bias that claims that anyone that is different from us is abnormal. But I want to challenge your thinking. We are all made in the imago dei. This means we are all created in the image of God. So, with this knowledge, are any of us really different? The person with autism, the person with Down’s, and the person with no mental difference are all the image of God. God doesn’t see these people as different. I genuinely believe that when we start treating those that we see as “different” as normal, we will then become a better society. Jesus ate amongst lepers, people that were marginalized because of their physical and mental differences. May we show the love of God on a daily basis to those who are different than us, no matter the cost.
P.S. I haven’t posted in a while, I am aware of that. I have been fighting sickness for about three weeks now and haven’t had time to post. More content will be coming soon.