Feeding Your Mind

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                                                       photo courtesy of http://www.jessyjreynolds.com

I really enjoy working out, as I’ve mentioned before in some of my posts.  Three or four days a week I go to the gym to lift weights and do a little cardio to help stay in shape and feel good.  Now, I’ll never be a bodybuilder or ever be sponsored by a supplement company.  I just like to exercise to feel strong, stay healthy, and to try looking half way decent for my wife.

After training for many years now, I’ve learned that weightlifting is not the only thing needed for a healthy body.  In order to perform better, we must eat properly, making sure to take in the right amount of protein, carbs, and fats.  Dialing in my nutrition is the only way I can reach peak performance in the gym.  But as important as it is to feed our bodies, it’s also equally important to feed our minds.

Why is it that we forget to feed our minds?  Or maybe I shouldn’t say forget because in reality, our minds are being fed by things and situations around us every day.  The truth is, we have a choice as to what we feed our minds and the results could be rewarding or catastrophic.  Our mind will be nourished or stunted by whatever we feed it.

Some of the bad things we can feed our minds are…

  • negativity and pessimism
  • temptation
  • pornography
  • alcohol or drugs
  • worry and anxiety
  • bitterness
  • doubt

Here also are some of the good things we can feed our mind…

  • optimism and hope
  • solitude
  • prayer
  • scripture
  • love
  • forgiveness

The wisdom of scripture is especially appropriate in God’s desire that we feed our minds with that which is good.  In Philippians 4:8 it says, “whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” 

Now I’ll be the first to admit that a lot of negativity exists in our society today.  I could easily go on and on about our current societal ills such as unemployment, racism, gun violence, drug problems, our presidential election, and wars on terrorism.  It almost seems as if nothing is going right.  But the truth is, Satan would love for us to focus on all these negatives and lose the hope we have in Jesus Christ.  There are plenty of positive things to feed our minds if we’ll only look around.  If we’ll consume and metabolize scripture and make it a part of who we are, we can defeat any bad thoughts Satan may throw our way.

I propose we all go on a diet for our minds.  Let’s cut out all the junk of this world and only feed ourselves healthy options from the list of good things above and I’ll guarantee you’ll be a better, more happy person because of it.

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-Joe

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6 thoughts on “Feeding Your Mind

    1. Joe Butler

      I definitely agree that the company we keep determines who we eventually become. We’ve got to reach out to the lost but we really need to guard our hearts and make sure we are spending time with those who encourage us and hold us accountable to God’s word. If not, we’re easy prey for Satan who sometimes works through others to get us off track.

    1. Joe Butler

      I know the feeling. My mind is easily distracted with work. That’s not a bad thing being a teacher, but it does keep me from focusing on the bigger things of God at times. Satan is really good at keeping us focused on anything other than God until we no longer think of him at all.

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