Those of you that haven’t read the first post, I ask that you do so. In that post, I talk about the things in our minds that we want to forget.
Have you ever had a dream and when you woke up you felt fearful or even depressed? This is what we often expect from bad dreams, or nightmares. We are told that dreams come from our subconscious. What does that mean? Nightmares can very often result, and range, from childhood experiences to the horror movie you watched last night, even experiences we think we have forgotten.
All and all, a vast amount of nightmares that we experience come from past experiences whether they experiences were intentional or not.
I think sometimes we fail to take care of our minds in the same way we are to care for our bodies. Whatever we feed it, whether mind or body, there is a result. If you feed your body junk food all of your life, you can be sure to experience difficulties with your health as you grow older. It is a fact of life that a vast majority of us know and understand.
Likewise, our minds need just as much care. While whole foods and supplements can bring us good health to our bodies when they are administered properly, they are also a preventative. Likewise, good wholesome information fed into our minds is a preventative affecting what our minds experience. And, honestly, what we experience in our minds will affect our bodies.
For example, most of us know that stress, often caused by worry, can and will eventually cause bodily side-effects such as high blood pressure as well as other health conditions including depression and suicide.
In light of this, let’s go back to the Bible verse that I shared in the previous post:
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. – Romans 12:2 NIV
Roman’s 12:2 tells us that we are to be transformed by renewing our minds. Our minds need to be renewed just as much as our bodies do.
If given the opportunity to get a massage, I don’t believe that any of us – but maybe some – would turn down that free massage. We love to be pampered, because it makes our bodies feel better; it helps us de-stress. Massage brings good health, but it is something we usually don’t do enough. It is often considered a luxury.
Roman’s 12:2 is telling us that our minds have a need to be renewed. Our minds need good food. Your mind and your body are connected, and what one experiences the other will also be affected.
This is what I was beginning to experience as I read my Bible. I was choosing to fill my mind with the things of God rather than what I was doing. This would lead to making better choices, and those choices led to results that led me into becoming optimistic about my life.
One of the best healthy habits we can have is the habit of being intentional. We just cannot let life dish out whatever it chooses. You have the ability to choose, so make good choices that will bring positive results, not only for your body, but also your mind. Choose to start asking God what “renewing your mind” looks like for you. We are all unique individuals, so we all will have a unique journey.
In the next post, I will talk more about renewing our minds and what we can do about those things we want to forget.
Please take a moment to check out my book below, When The One You Love Doesn’t Love You Anymore: A Journey of Self-Discovery.
Go forth and be blessed, my friend.
To be continued….