Mind your mind, Part 2

Mind your mind, Part 2

Mind Your Mind, Part 2

“The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.” wrote author John Milton. Our thoughts have enormous power over our lives. That’s why it’s so crucial that we learn to mind our minds especially in these stressful days of Covid-19.

Another way we can take good care of our minds is by learning to guide them. In Colossians 3:2 we’re told, “Set your mind on things above, not on earthly things.” (NIV). To guide our minds is to choose what we fix or set our minds on, what we choose to think about and what our thoughts dwell on. John Ortberg wrote, “You can’t stop thinking wrong thoughts by trying harder to not think them, but you can do something else. You can set you mind for the most basic power you have over your mind is that you can choose what you pay attention to.” At any moment – including this one – we can turn our thoughts in one direction or another. It is within our capacity to guide or set our minds. That explains why two people can be in the same set of circumstances and yet have completely different experiences.

You are not a victim of whatever thoughts that happen to be running in your mind. Martin Luther once said that you can’t keep a bird from flying over your head, but you can keep it from building a nest in your hair.” The ultimate freedom that you have, the freedom no one can take away from you even in a concentration camp, is the freedom to decide what your mind will dwell on.” (Ortberg)

So guide your mind today. Set your thoughts on heavenly realities instead of earthly things. Focus on who God is, what He has done for you, and His purpose for your life. When you fix your mind on these, there won’t be any room in your mind for anxious, bitter, fearful, jealous and lustful thoughts.

Point to Ponder:
”What we choose to focus on becomes the dominant influence in our lives.” HB

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