A lot of our troubles begin in our minds. Have you noticed that?
Sure, we may get physically hurt, but it is in our minds that we decide how to respond to the pain.
I have found the same to be true when I feel tired, fed up and fatigued.
Before I begin to feel it in my body, I have been experiencing it in my mind. My thoughts center around how worn out and tired I am, mentally.
Before I know it, my entire body feels weighed down.
The mind, my friends, is a powerful thing.
I suppose that’s why Solomon encourages us to guard it carefully. He tells us that it determines the path our lives take.
Think about it! Whatever we allow into our minds,
whatever thoughts we allow to take up residence,
whatever we ruminate upon,
will influence what we make of our lives.
I don’t know about you, but that scares me some.
What if I allow my mind to continually feed upon
- the fallout from Covid-19
- the unjustice in this world
- my unhappiness with (fill in the blank)
- my appearance as compares to others etc.?
My life is bound to be a mess!
No wonder Paul exhorts us to focus on
“…Whatsoever things are true,
whatsoever things are honest,
whatsoever things are just,
whatsoever things are pure,
whatsoever things are lovely,
whatsoever things are of good report…” Philippians 4:8 KJV
Friends, there is a battle going on for our minds.
If the devil can get us to become consumed with all that’s wrong in our lives and wrong in the world, he will have us right where he wants us.
However, if we zero in on:
God’s goodness to us,
the promises He has made,
the way He has come through in our lives and in the lives of others in the past,
helping others who do not yet know Him to come to that knowledge,
then we will be able to live lives that are fruitful, grateful and overflowing – lives that are abundant and free.
And that is what God wants for us.
“…I am come that they might have life, and that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
John 10:10 KJV
So today, mind that mind of yours.