I don’t know about you, but my thoughts tend to be more about myself than others. It’s sickening to even write that, but I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in this. I’ve learned that the more I allow myself to think about myself, the more I am discontented and self-serving. Philippians 2:3b-5a says, “In humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves…” Remember, we must set our minds. There is much joy to be had when we lay ourselves aside to love others. When we selflessly consider others more important than ourselves.…
I understand that mental illnesses, such as anxiety and depression, have a chemical component to them, but I also know that our God is creator of all––creator of our bodies, minds, and souls. He is the One who constructed our chemical composition and is fully able to bring it back into balance.
We cannot think ourselves well, only God can heal, but our thought life is the greatest contributor to mental health, not only for those who have experienced mental illness, but for every one of us. We all need right thinking. And so I encourage you today to commit yourself to learning and practicing the discipline of managing your thought life, by the power of the Spirit. And I am fully convinced that, if you do so, your life will never be the same.
Laurie Coombs is a passionate writer and speaker on the issues of forgiveness, redemption, and the blessings associated with following Jesus. For more information about Laurie or to book her for a speaking engagement, please visit her blog, LaurieCoombs.org.
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