Barnabas Center
Barnabas Center

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The Barnabas Center for Counseling has served Savannah and the Coastal Empire for over 25 years. There is a great need for families to get help to deal with depression, anxiety, and stress as we all cope with the effects of the Corona Virus (COVID-19). We offer individual, marriage, and family therapy for all ages, all of our therapist are state-licensed. We are currently seeing clients face to face in our office. Please know we will continue to offer telemental health sessions for those who desire it. We will be following Covid-19 protocols as we make this transition. For more information or to set up an appointment give us a call at 912-352-7638. We look forward to seeing you!

Comparison: The Thief of Thankfulness By Bill Immel, LPC

During the holidays it is often tempting to think upon our lives in comparison with the lives of others.  This can happen at church, at work, or when visiting friends and family. In my experience counseling people from all walks of life, this happens probably the most on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram. 

Typically the way it works is that we see others with less whatever (ie home, cars, family, toys, friends, trips, health, even looks, etc) and we feel better. Then we see others with more of the above and we feel worse and all of a sudden less thankful. 

Rampant Envy

A major university studied the impact of the amount of time spent on Facebook on people and concluded with two words “rampant envy!”  It is everywhere and “there is nothing new under the sun.”(Ecclesiastes 1:9 ).  Even Kevin’s house in the Christmas classic “Home Alone” is valued between four and five million dollars! Envy shows us what we do not have. However, when we are thankful we do not see what we lack!

The Comparison Trap

When you face the temptation of the comparison trap, it is so helpful to have scriptures in mind to combat it powerfully.  Here is a particularly good one:

“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves” (Philippians 2:3). 

I believe that if you asked God to help with the application of this teaching during the holiday season you would enjoy it so much more and feel so much more thankful. As you prepare for Black Friday and Cyber Monday keep these pointers in mind.

Wishing You a Happy Thanks Giving Season!

By Bill Immel, LPC

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