“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
As you know our mind is this the most powerful tool we possess. Our mind can be one of our best tools or our worst enemies. We can all remember in the cartoons the devil on one shoulder and the Angel on the other. If you stop and think about that, it honestly is how we operate on a daily basis.
For some people being alone is one of the hardest obstacles to face on a daily basis. It is during those alone times that the devil and the Angel work against each other. This is when our mind can become the strongest or weakness based on the thoughts we allow to enter our mind. I have come to learn over the last 3 months going through my health battles that it is a choice every day.
My biggest challenge I face on a daily basis is I tend to worry about the unknown. Now, a lot people might be thinking, don’t we all to some extent. I would agree, but this is my biggest weakness. I tend to allow thoughts of the future, unknown circumstances, or ideas that will most likely never happen to overtake my mind. This is not an issue that happened over night, but something that I have struggled with my whole life.
For the the last 3 months not being able to do a lot besides resting and letting my body heal was honestly one of the best things that has happened to me personally and spiritually in a long time. It was one of the biggest tests that I faced in a long time. I had a choice to allow my circumstances to take over my mind or I could use the stillness to connect deeper with Jesus.
We have to remember that even Jesus had to go off to be alone to connect with His father with everything going on around Him. We have to train our brain to pray, listen to music, read the Bible, listen to a positive podcast, or pick up the phone to have a positive conversation when we feel ourselves beginning to worry or allowing our mind to think negative thoughts.
My wife has also helped me to train my brain to take worry and put into to action. If I am worried about something, then do something about it. If I need a question answered, then ask besides allowing it to control my day. It was only when I was honest with her, that she could truly help me deal with my weakness of worry.
The devil wants you to be alone, wants you to worry, allow negative thoughts to enter your mind. This is how he separates us from Jesus and uses the world to satisfy us in every way. For some it might be porn, drugs, alcohol, abuse to yourself, or even thoughts of taking your own life. This is what the devil wants because he takes us off our path to fulfilling our purpose in life.
We cannot do life alone, as this is when we tend to fall off the path. Of course bad things will happen in your life because we live in a diseased world that has mostly taken their eyes off the King. I was there before I got sick in February. I was going through the motions, but I had taken my eyes off the King. It showed in my attitude, my communication, my thoughts, and even my actions. We have all been there at some point.
My encouragement for you today is to find someone you can confide in. Everyone needs a Paul and Timothy situation of Mentorship. Remember life is never going to be easy, as we live in a corrupt world that loves instant gratification. You matter! Your story matters! Learn how to own your story and use it for the good of the Kingdom!