The Mind

“A mind is a terrible thing to waste.” Originally used by the United Negro College Fund in 1972 as a campaign slogan, this statement still holds true. But how is a mind wasted? Is a mind wasted if the barrier of that mind doesn’t go to college or doesn’t learn to read? What is a wasted mind? Maybe a mind on drugs that has been destroyed from the chemicals introduced into the body. But what of the mind of a special needs child who cannot speak-is that mind wasted?
Okay, so I know that is a lot of questions, but I have been thinking about our mind a lot the last few days. On KLove radio, I heard about a woman who had cancer but beat it and she believes that her mind played a huge part in healing her body. This got me to thinking about how powerful our minds are. And that caused me to think about how much sin starts in the mind.
Like I have talked about in past blogs, usually when we sin, it doesn’t just happen. We may not PLAN outright to sin, but we allow the temptation to grow within us and we do not just squash it when it first arises. Temptation will come. Thoughts of sin will come into our minds. But we don’t have to let it staty. Oftentimes, we play with the thought of sin, mull it over, analyze it, sometimes we push it away, then draw it back. We allow that temptation to gather strength and we begin to grow attached to it.
We give temptation strength when we feed and pet it. We play with it and give it a bed in our minds. And then it wants to stay!! It grows and begins to demand more attention. And it is not a cute little kitty cat like it may seem at first, all soft and purring. Temptation, when given a home, becomes sin and will grow into a roaring, raging lion that will eat you alive! And it all starts in the mind.
“Sin is what you do when your heart is not satisfied with God.” – John Piper
In the last few years, feelings have become a temptation to me. I know that may sound strange because we think we cannot control how we feel but I am starting to realize that, through Christ, we can. Let me give you an example: Not too long ago, I posted a blog about loneliness and how lonely I was. Some may say that loneliness is a feeling that you cannot control, but I beg to difer. Yes, we might have the initial feeling of loneliness, that stab in your heart when you feel alone. But when we begin to examine, analyze, pet and feed that feeling, it grows and will consume us. I am not saying that feeling lonely is a sin, but I do believing wallowing in any feeling definitely can cause us to draw away from God.
 “Whatever weakens your reason, impairs the tenderness of your conscience, obscures your sense of God, or takes off the relish of spiritual things, whatever increases the authority of your body over your mind, that thing for you is sin.”
– Susanna Wesley
Keeping feelings in check is a very important and difficult thing at times, especially for women. But the mind is the key! Controlling where your mind wanders to and keeping yourself from dwelling on thoughts and feelings that are detrimental to your walk with God is vital to living the life Christ wants for us.
So how do we do that? How do we control our mind and control our feelings? Well, stay tuned. Gonna do a blog post on that!

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