It starts with the mind

Sometimes I find myself mentally exhausted. I don’t know if I’m alone in this way of thinking, but I honestly believe mental exhaustion to be far worse than physical fatigue.

It seems like we can rest our bodies much more easily than we can our minds. We can lie down and close our eyes but that doesn’t mean our thoughts aren’t still going a million miles an hour.

I am in a new sort of season in my life and if I don’t constantly stay in communication with the Father, there is a definite possibility of my feeling overwhelmed by uncertainties and stresses. But we have that open line of fellowship with God. He has given us access to His heart through the Holy Spirit dwelling inside of us as believers.

In Paul’s letter to the Colossians he writes,

Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. (3:2)

When we choose, yes choose, to dwell on the things of this earth, we are setting ourselves up for worry and fear. Although we are created in the image of the infinite, transcendent over time God, we ourselves are finite beings. We were not created with the capacity to understand all the ways of the Lord or to know exactly how things will pan out.

But we don’t have to know all the details to have faith in the Father.

Instead of thinking on the things of this earth like your job, finances, future, spouse, relationship issues, etc, I encourage you to turn your attention back to God.

When we worry about situations or strive without the Lord, we are exalting ourselves above Him. We are telling the Lord we think we are more capable of figuring the situation or scenario out than He is.

I personally know how dangerous this way of thinking is. It may start out innocent enough–

I just want to honor the Lord, and I don’t know which way to go…

can easily transition into

The Lord has forgotten about me. He doesn’t care…

if we aren’t intentional about keeping our mind attuned to who our God is.

We must constantly strengthen ourselves in the Lord as King David did in 1 Samuel 30. We won’t find our answers by dwelling on our doubts or negotiating with negativity. No, we need to be intentional about keeping our eyes directed on God. Turn your thoughts to Him and ask Him to renew your mind (Romans 12:1). He is faithful and just, brothers and sisters. We can rest in Him.

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