Let’s talk about the title of this brand-new podcast.
Yesterday, Today, and the Next is about healing from the pain of the past, being fully present, and living eternity-driven.
As human beings, we are all on a journey and this journey is wrought with adversity which can alter the way we view ourselves, others, and even God. These adversities make us lose our way yet we can rediscover and reclaim ourselves. The first step is to become more aware and this awareness helps us take action so that we no longer sleepwalk through life and we show up in our own lives right here, right now in light of eternity with God.
In short, this is a podcast about mental-emotional wellbeing.
In a world where 1 in 5 people are likely to experience a mental health concern every year and almost half of adults will experience a mental illness during their lifetime, this topic still seems to be largely absent in our discipleship and faith communities especially when this is where people turn to first when facing a mental health crisis or traumatic event.
While the conversation around faith and mental health is starting and growing, a lot of people weighing in, in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental or Western Visayas lack the proper training and education to fully understand the topic. This podcast aims to give you both. Not only the right information from proper training and education as a counselor but I’ve also gone to counseling and therapy myself, and still do.
Yesterday, Today and the Next is a podcast designed to explore what mental health is, how it impacts us and what our faith in Jesus has to do with it.
I want to help peel away the layer that surrounds mental health and help us get to the core of what it really is. I want to help remove the stigma that’s attached to people going to counseling or therapy. Just as we don’t shame people when they see a cardiologist, there is no shame when people see a psychiatrist, a psychotherapist, or a counselor.
This podcast is for people who want to dig deeper into understanding mental health and wellness and are willing to explore what God’s design for wellbeing is. I am diving deep into this topic because we can’t avoid it any longer.
In Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, or Western Visayas, we can no longer pretend this doesn’t happen in our own families, in our discipleship communities or churches, or in our community as a whole.
Join me as we get real in wrestling with the topic of faith and mental health.
Yesterday, Today and the Next is also bridging the gap between three generations – those who have come before me, those who walk alongside me, and those who are behind me. The generation of those before me, my own generation, and the next generation.
Yes, I am the host of this podcast but I am not the only person who has a story to tell. Stories of celebrations and adversities, of breakups and breakthroughs, loss and redemption, trauma and recovery, shame and repair, changes and relapse. It is my intent to bring in friends across all generations, for truthful and graceful conversations and storytelling that foster healing, hope, and honesty to live well, free, and whole.
In the near future, it is my hope to bring in experts in the field of mental health, pastors, and those who have experienced mental health challenges in the context of their church community and more to join in the conversation and to share from a place of honesty and vulnerability. Yes, even pastors and spiritual leaders are not exempted from mental health issues.
We are all in this journey and mental-emotional wellness is something we have to keep working on even after we’ve healed from the past so we can stay well. Plus we have so much to learn from each other.
This is also a podcast about healing from our mental and emotional issues in the context of community. We are hurt by people. We also heal with people.
Yesterday, Today, and the Next is above all, a podcast about Jesus and the Bible. The Bible is inerrant and our final authority. We live in a very shaky and broken world, but Jesus’ Kingdom is never shaken.
God created a beautiful world, sin separated and still separates us from God. The result – brokenness. There’s nothing that we can ever do – not even good works – that can redeem us from brokenness and sin. The good news is Jesus Christ came fully God and fully man, died on the cross, resurrected, and ascended. Our sins have been redeemed. He died once and for all.
For it is by grace we have been saved, through faith—and this is not from ourselves, it is the gift of God not by works so that no one can boast. Earth isn’t our home. We’re just passing through. We await the full restoration when all things are new. Meantime, all we have to do is admit our good works are like filthy rags and we are sinners and then accept Jesus as our Savior and Lord. We do good works because we are saved not so that we can be saved.
When Jesus healed people during His time on earth, He told them “your faith has made you well.” This podcast seeks to know and make famous the One who truly Heals – Jesus Christ. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
This is a podcast that upholds the truth of God’s Word and how it intersects with and shapes our mental health and emotional wellbeing.
So, Yesterday, Today and the Next is a podcast about three things – your mental and emotional wellbeing, belonging to a community that helps you heal, and having faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as we see Him in the 66 books of the Bible.
It is my hope you make an investment into your mental and emotional wellbeing – starting with this podcast – because being healthy is not only about physical fitness, it also has a lot to do with your mind, will, and emotions. I hope you invite me to into your cars or commute, your headsets, while at the gym, during class breaks or work breaks, into your discipleship/life groups, or wherever you are listening to.