WHAT’S EATING YOU?
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.”
Among the concerns which consume our mental space are the following:
Fear. It is the root of all worries, insecurities, unbelief and impatience. It is the enemy of Faith. Fear brings us away from the Lord. The Bible says in Hebrews 11:6,” Without faith it is impossible to please God,” Fear keeps us from asking and trusting the Lord. As humans, we are designed with limited capacity in handling life’s concerns. Life’s heavy load is not for us to carry rather our job is to give them up to the Hands which are able. Jesus invited us to cast all our cares on Him and He will surely give us rest (Matthew 11:28 -29; 1 Peter 5:7; Matthew 6:35 – 27). God loves to meet our needs. Are we willing to let Him be?
Fleshly desires. It is the root of sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed (Colossians 3:5). Such sins hinder our prayers no matter how sincere we are on our knees (Psalm 66:18). Fleshly desire is the opposite of Holiness. God is holy and He will not allow any impurities to enter in His presence. As God’s children – called to be holy as He is, He reminds us not to conform to the evil desires we once lived in ignorance (1Peter 1:13-14).
Good things. It is the enemy of the best. We tend to weigh the pros and cons of our circumstances too much until our minds are spent. In addition, due to impatience, we carelessly move ahead to what is visible, logical and quick-fix solutions than to patiently wait on the Lord for our next steps. We usually settle for less! Like David, the man after God’s own heart, we should learn to strive and take time to inquire God. We may not know the exact details of our future but God described it best by saying it is something that will prosper us and not harm us, something that will give us hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). In His sovereign time, He is going to reveal the best decision He has for us. Indeed, best things are worth the wait
Now that we recognized the mental-space consuming concerns, how can we keep our minds healthy? We should know its design!
Our minds are meant to love God. Mark 12:30 says, “Love God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” Our mind as a whole must be surrendered to Him.
Our minds are meant to be renewed. Romans 12:2 says, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what’s God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.” It is a command and a moment by moment decision to have our minds renewed by pursuing what pleases Him. “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” Colossians 3:2
What’s eating your mental space? Is it an expression of love to God or is it the other way around?
What we often think of is always a choice! You are the manager of your own mental space. Paul has given us his encouragement on how to have a healthy mind.
Arlyn Lapuz is a follower of Christ, a missions mobilizer and a young adult minister. She is an aspiring writer and life coach who loves to move people one step closer to Christ. You may follow her on https://www.facebook.com/TodaysGift/