Today the second reading was from Philippians. If we followed St. Paul’s advice, we would have a lot more peace in our lives! We would learn to dwell on God instead of cluttering our lives with worry. Our minds would be so much more inspired and pure as well. Soak in this powerful passage and let’s start off the week in a great way!
“Brothers and sisters:
Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.
Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers and sisters,
whatever is true, whatever is honorable,
whatever is just, whatever is pure,
whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious,
if there is any excellence
and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
Keep on doing what you have learned and received
and heard and seen in me. Then the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:6-9
Have you ever pondered the power of your mind? Your mind allows you to make numerous decisions every day. The mind has allowed people to create masterpieces of all sorts. The thoughts from human minds, then put into action, have changed the world. As with anything, with great power comes great responsibility.
It’s important to protect your mind. Be careful of what you are allowing into your mind. It will start to color your thoughts and perceptions without you even realizing it. Your thoughts can make or break you. Your thoughts affect your mental health, which can even affect your physical health. Spiritually, too much of what we can hear or see is negative. It doesn’t inspire or help us to become better people.
The news broadcasts the most hideous acts against human life. For myself, I’ve realized it’s not benefiting me to read or watch. It is not inspiring. It makes me feel depressed and wrenches my heart. While it’s part of our call to lift up the world in prayer, I don’t need to read any more gruesome details. Nor is it healthy for our minds to become accustomed to seeing traumatic images. The songs on the radio often glorify evil or trivialize the gift that is sexuality. We were created for so much more than the lies the media feeds us.
I don’t want to be in the company of gossip or crude talk, either. This is garbage for the mind and heart. It harms relationships. I want to be in the company of inspiration, of encouragement and upbuilding. I want to be around people who are going places in their lives. Their conversations and presence feed my mind and spirit.
Let’s strive to root our minds in God and His word. When we do this, He brings us back to who we really are. He restores balance. Jesus is the Living Water that hydrates our spirits and our minds. When we keep our mind stayed on Him, only He knows the amazing things that we can do.
God gave you your mind to do great things. Be careful what you put into it and how you use it.
“Finally, brothers and sisters, 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.”-Philippians 4:8
“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.”~Colossians 3:1-4
Don’t get bogged down by worldly worries. Set your heart and mind on what is above! Your life is “hidden in Christ with God!” When we focus on our Lord instead of our worries, we are much better able to handle all that comes our way in this life. Continually raise your heart and mind to Him! Why do we waste so much time worrying about useless things? He is the treasure that we seek.
Together journeying toward the Creator and becoming the creations we were meant to be.