1.) Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. As MentalHealth.gov stated, "Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices."
Just like you would (or should) take care of your body, we don't want to ignore our mental well being. It can get pretty chaotic in there, and if we don't give it the care it needs, something can go very wrong. We want our own feelings, thoughts, and actions to embody the person we want to be, don't we?
This can mean different things for different people: for some, it can mean to seek medical help, for others, it can mean surrounding yourself with genuinely loving and uplifting people. For me personally, this meant that I had to confront my own darkness, my own worries, my own fears, and realizing that I let those things take a hold of me, instead of the other way around. Taking care of my mental well being meant that it was okay to take a break, and give myself the TLC it so needs. Love yourself enough to take care of your physiological and psychological well being. Hashtag love yoself.
2.) Fill your mind with good thoughts, truthful thoughts, positive thoughts. This is a simple and obvious thing to note, but a tremendously difficult and an easily forgotten task. Let's guard what saturates our mind: is it worries? is it bad expectations? is it bitter thoughts? negative thoughts? is it dwelling in the past? Whenever negative thoughts began to emerge, weed it out, don't give it the chance to root itself. What you think about has the ability to consume you - for better or for worse, so for goodness sake, be captain of your own ship and steer where your thoughts take you. ⛵⛵⛵
3.) Following up on my last point, talk to yourself. Now what exactly am I talking about? I'm talking about talking to yourself instead of listening to that little, untruthful voice inside of your head. I'm talking about that voice that you always listened to without any thought of the damaging effects it has on you. You know, that voice that doesn't really trust God, and wants to depend on itself - so it worries and worries and worries too much. I mean, what could be better way for the devil to get a hold of you, than to seep into the most personal, controlling engine in your life?
4.) I once heard Francis Chan say in one of his sermons that America is the rich that Jesus talks about in the gospels....and boy did that spark a colorful revelation in my head.
Who would've thought! Every time I read about "the rich" in the bible, I would never imagine, "oh, that's definitely me." But I, who always has food to eat, a place to say, and more than enough clothes to which I tell myself, "oh my gosh I have nothing to wear today.
I am the rich. Oh my goodness, we are the rich.
And Jesus himself warns us how difficult it is for us, the rich, to follow Christ. Truly! How truly difficult! Rev. Francis made a point that we have build up so much security in our lives, that we practically are able to live without God - without really depending on Him. How crazy is that? This thought is still something that resonates within me, so I'll end this point right here. You can watch his sermon by clicking right here.
5.) Choose gratitude all the time - oh my gosh yes. Choosing gratitude is the best, because it says no matter what circumstances I am in, I will be content to live in it - with a joyful heart. And that is so freeing, because now you've just allowed yourself to breath and appreciate the grass on your side. So please, give yourself a delightful present and always choose gratitude, every morning, everyday.
6.) Words are so, so, so important. What we say should be truthful, encouraging (Ephesians 4:29), and most of all, it should be said with gentleness and love. When said in anger, they can be as dangerous as a piercing sword (Proverbs 12:18). When said excessively, trouble awaits at your door and understanding turns away (Proverbs 21:23; Proverbs 29:20). When said without action and truth, they carry no value at all (1 John 3:18). So let's not love words for being words, just like how a man's appearance can be adorned with dazzling charms and fragrant flowers - words too can be beautifully decorated and artfully said. Let us be more concerned with seasoning our speech in a manner that is pleasing to our God - Yahweh. Can I get an Amen up in here?!
7.) One sad yet true things I noticed in myself early this summer was that I was becoming more worldly. And by that, I mean instead transforming myself by feeding my spirit, I was feeding my flesh with more things of the world. I was still serving the Lord, but it was as if I was also letting other things become my idols. I was more concerned with spending my time watching YouTube videos of my favorite Kpop band, rather than spending my time in a way that would pleasing to the Lord. Romans 12:1 tells us this is our "spiritual worship", in fact our lives are meant to be lived in a way that is worship to God. So in ways are you worldly?
Draw near to the Lord.
This earth is pasting away, and let's not get to comfortable here as this is not our home.
What are you learning? Feel free to share in the comments, I would love to read it!
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