Avoid losing your mind by using your mind.
What do I mean ?
It’s this—thoughts pop into our head all the time, but its like information coming to a general in a command center during a battle. It’s up to each of us to assume the commander role and make the best decisions with the information that we have available. We need to discern what information is valuable info and what is dangerous. Either way, its our responsibility and there are consequences that will occur because of the decisions we make. They need to be good ones.
If we are not careful to think wisely through all the information that comes our way, we can be overloaded. We can massively stressed out, which can lead to making bad decisions and making matters worse. This can lead us down an unfortunate path of “losing our mind” as our circumstances become too much.
So, how can we use our mind? My best suggestion is to meditate (think reflectively) on the following words from the Bible (you’ll need to look them up in your Bible):
* Isaiah 55:8 – God’s ways are not our ways——-if His ways are so much better than ours, why wouldn’t we want to hunger after all He can teach us.
* Isaiah 26:3-4 – We need to choose to keep our mind centered on God and trust in the wisdom of His ways. This won’t be easy because we face many distractions, but we need to try to keep focused on living obediently to the way that is revealed through the pages of the Bible (which means we need to be consistently reading it)
* Romans 8:5-9 – again, we have a choice. We can defer to trying to live a life that God is pleased with, or we can pursue living by what we think is right at the time, or what feels good in the moment
* Colossians 3:1-3 –these are very helpful verses to keep perspective in mind
* 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 – a great reminder to keep ourselves constantly engaged with being intentional on making the “right” decisions. It is imperative if we seek to live wisely that our decisions line up with the teachings of the Word of God.
* Philippians 4:8-9 – Not to be repetitive, but I will say it again, we all are responsible for the decisions we make, whether those are in our actions, or attitudes. If we choose to camp out on “stinkin’ thinkin” that’s our choice. It’s not a good one, but its our call. These verses put forth a better suggestion–think on the things that are good. In every circumstance, there is something of worth that can be mined.
In a similar way to a doctor who dispenses prescriptions to cure a problem, I share these verses as an important step in showing the importance of the mind and our role in making decisions, either good ones, or poor ones.
Many people I talk with know they should read the Bible, but they don’t know where to start. How about going ahead and reading the ones I’ve listed above and then looking to apply them. How about finding a friend to read these verses with you and who you can talk to about them.
Act like a wise general and think life through with the amazing resource God has given us–His Word!