Is there a New Year's Resolution for my mind?
Happy New Year everyone! Can you believe that it is the year 2020 already? This past decade flew by and we are off on another journey to discover what the next ten years will bring. Now, how many of you have made some resolutions for this new year? Some have made resolutions to lose weight, exercise, eat healthier, pray more, read the bible, and what have you. We make all of these resolutions with vigor and tenacity, but for some reason, most of us lose the excitement after a few months, weeks or even days and find yourselves right back to where you started. Why is this? Are we people that lack commitment? Are we people who lack perseverance? Or are we people who set goals that are impossible for us to reach? Whatever your reason may be to break the promise that you have resolved in your mind, it is of no question that the decision to quit, give up, and throw in the towel started in your mind.
I really gave this some thought and I wondered, "What if there was a New Year's resolution for my mind?" What if there is a way to resolve in my mind to stay committed to those things that I desire to accomplish, that will propel me higher, or that will even just keep me above water? What if my New Year's resolution could be something that was so powerful that I may no longer need to make anymore resolutions moving forward. What if I resolved to have...wait for it...a sound mind? Think about this for a moment. If I resolved to have a sound mind I would be able to live a life of peace, clarity, compassion, understanding, and determination. A sound mind is consistent. A sound mind is confident. A sound mind is strategic and intentional. It sounds good doesn't it (no pun intended)!
The bible says in 2 Timothy 1:7, "For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." In order to have a sound mind you must not live a life that is fearful, full of hate, judgmental, lacking forgiveness, and lacking love and compassion. All of these things are a form of mental chatter that is clouding your mind and causing you to live a life of chaos, confusion, uncertainty, redundancy, depression, anxiety and everything else that robs you of your peace. All of these things are a form of mental chatter because it is through the negative and maladaptive thinking that your heart becomes impure. God intended for us to have a sound mind. In general, a sound mind is one that has the capacity or ability to think and reason on it's own; to have understanding. But in the biblical sense, a sound mind means to have self-control. In both of these definitions, the description is one that is able to to control one's thoughts, behaviors, and make clear and rational decisions. But the biblical definition of self-control is really sums up what we are trying to accomplish. We want to have self-control and no longer be controlled by our thoughts and our emotions. By ridding yourself of the mental chatter, you will have the ability to finally make decisions that feel good because you will no longer be controlled by the board of directors in your mind and you will finally become the CEO. For those you of you who listened to my podcast that reference makes sense to you.
In order to rid ourselves of the noise we must become the CEO over our minds. Before you can become a manager over other people, you must first learn how to manage yourself. Could it be that you are not able to manage the things in your life and on your job because you're not a good manager of yourself? If you can't manage YOU well, everything around you will eventually begin to fall apart. We must resolve in our minds to do better, to be better, and to live better. But, we must first start thinking better. This year, let's resolve to have a sound mind.
Take care and be blessed!