|Good Morning Everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Take care of your body”
Our Bible verse for today: “Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable – if there is any moral excellence and if there is anything praiseworthy – dwell on these things.” Philippians 4:8 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “We must control how we think”
Of the four major aspects of our person (physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual), the mind is by far the least disciplined. Most of us exercise less control over our thinking than we do over any other part of us. And it is more of a problem than we realize.
In the 1970s the philosopher Hannah Arendt published a groundbreaking work called “The Life of the Mind”. In this very extensive body of research Arendt convincingly made the case that the mind is a living thing and that it therefore has a life. There literally is “a life of the mind” and just like any living thing, the mind has to be cared for, nurtured, and disciplined in order to be healthy.
In 2010 pastor and author John Piper published a book of his own that built on Arendt’s premise but from a Christian perspective. Piper’s book is “Think: The life of the mind and the love of God”. Like Arendt, Piper made the case that the mind is a living thing that has to be attended to, structured, and disciplined. But accomplishing that is not so easy.
The mind is a lot like the old cartoon character “Ricochet Rabbit”, it is always bouncing from one thing to another like a pinball. The mind is difficult to control and often runs amuck. Therefore it has to be taken control of, disciplined, and trained. Christian author Joyce Meyer once wrote a best-selling book entitled “The Battlefield of the Mind”. Good title because yes, the mind is indeed a battlefield.
This is what the Apostle Paul was referring to in Philippians 4:8. There he was urging us to be intentional and disciplined about the kinds of things we allow into our mind to begin with, and the kinds of things our mind is allowed to dwell on. You do have control over those things; you can make choices about the kinds of influences that are allowed into your mind; but you have to be intentional and you have to be disciplined.
The life of the mind has a direct and powerful impact on all aspects of our overall health, therefore we’re going to come back to this subject and explore it in a little more depth tomorrow.