What’s On Your Mind Today?

 

“A mind is a terrible thing to waste.” “Have you lost your mind?!” and “Of all the things I’ve lost, I miss my mind the most”. This is just some of the social babble we’ve all heard or may have even said one time or another. I recently read the book “Mindset” by Carol Dweck, although not a Christian read, I found it to be very insightful and highly recommend you read it. Our mindset plays a large part in how we handle life’s obstacles and setbacks. It can be the difference between a marriage dissolving, a job conflict becoming a battle or a truce and our mindset can even derail an educational or career path. 

 

If we are able to trace back to the unwinding of how we handled a circumstance, when we gave up on a dream, if we are able to remember the genesis of our undoing, we often will find we began to lose faith that things would work out. We began to doubt the marriage could be saved, or that we had the ability to handle the necessary tasks that would allow our dream to be realized, or we began to doubt the conflict could be resolved. This is where mindset is huge. Will I doubt my doubts? Will I concede to the negative script in my mind? Will I rehearse the mental negativity until I wear my own resolve (to face things) completely down?

 

Romans 12:2 NLT “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”
 
Renew your mind, take into captivity those maverick thoughts that will sink you. Begin to fill your mind with the promises of God. Derail the “I can’t take it” script with “I can do all things through Christ because He gives me the strength.” Phil. 4:13. So yes, mindset is huge.
 

Now before you succumb to the idea that I’m suggesting your reality will be controlled by your thoughts, let me clarify with a quote from former POW James B. Stockdale (Dec. 1923-July 2005) who spent seven and half years in the infamous Hanoi Hilton: “You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end—which you can never afford to lose—with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be.” 

 

No, we are not able to change our current reality by our thoughts; but God has given us the ability to control our attitude and how we react to our situation. God has also given us the ability to renew our confidence in the ‘end of the story.’ Proverbs 23:18 “Surely there is a hereafter and your hope will not be cut off.”
 

So, today I choose to set my mind on things above. It’s my choice.

 

If you find yourself struggling to survive a painful situation, do yourself a favor-get into the bible and begin to renew your mind. What is God saying about how to handle your problems? 

 

Here’s just a few verses to get you started thinking about the importance of your mindset: 2 Tim. 1:7; Jer. 31:33; 2 Peter 3:1; Matt. 15:19; Prov. 23:7 and Romans 7:25.

 

So friend, what’s on your mind today??