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Renewing The Mind, Body and Spirit

 As you may know by now, I am a lover for words. That is, written words. I am also a lover of reading The Written Word, God's Words. Reading the word can bring about Renewing The Mind, Body and spirit, and writing about God's word and other inspirations are also a source for renewing your mind.

One aspect of writing is that it promotes concentration in the brain and for some people it is a distress mechanism. Writing also diverts unwarranted, unhappy, or worry thoughts. 

Writing can be good for anyone but for those who, like myself, who need to stay busy, it is a life saver. It can be a God send so that life is more productive, and hopefully a useful state of being.  The same can also be said of reading.   

Sometimes my mind works overtime it seems and oh the negative thoughts that can be presented from the human side of a person's life.  How do we keep our minds like Christ has admonished us to do? 

Romans 12:2 - "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."

We as humans all have the same basic needs. Physical, emotional and social needs. We know what our physical needs are as our bodies need certain things to survive like food, oxygen, warmth, protection and activity, to name a few.  If you have ever studied Psychology you know that there are certain concepts that make us uniquely the same, even though very different.   You too are striving for survival, you just do not realize it as you may not know yourself really well, or your survival method-mental mechanism is probably totally different than mine.  I am sure that I have more than one survival method. Most of us do, we just use them at different times, for different needs.

Emotional Needs

If you have known me for long, you probably know also that I am not always a person who is overly forward or aggressive, (only with those that seem easy to talk to, or I know them really well, or think that I do)!  No, I do not make an effort to be this way.  In fact the next time you see me, I may be a little more open, talkative or friendly.  Maybe a little aggressive and say a little too much.  Shall we smile?

The first expression or  'Mental - Defense Mechanism' I will call restraint (protecting myself from possible criticism), or (keeping my insecurities at bay). The latter is associated with aggressiveness (trying to hide the fact that I am actually kind of insecure or withdrawn due to having been broken/hurt a few times) just like everybody else, but do not want you to know it. 

Would you willingly admit to either of the above openly to anyone other than to God or a Psychiatrist?  Not that many people will. Well, I have come to know that admitting your weakness and working on them gives you more power.

Honestly, when I went to nursing school for a period of time and studied Basic Psychiatric Nursing is when I learned that I was just like everybody else. I learned that talking to myself as if I were talking to the person with whom I had a beef or concern....well that was all human.  You know practicing your speech (probably not saying a word you had thought you would) when in front of the individual.  Regardless of who you are, where you are, and without admission or denial; we all have some mental, emotional, or defense mechanisms that show up sometimes unexpectedly.
Being saved by grace and forgiven and living according to the Bible helps us deal with these kinds of earthly, human actions. If you study your actions to different situations in your life, you will see that you have more times than you want to admit experienced something that was missing within your emotional needs.  Not necessarily from your actions, but laid upon you by other people and their actions. 

The Common/Basic Emotional Needs We All Share

A person/human being needs:
  • love - to love and to be loved
  • approval
  • self esteem
  • the feeling of importance
  • recognition and
  • respect
What happens when these get out of balance and how do we live as Christians to prevent these things from becoming a hindrance, weakness, or affecting our relationship with God and other people?

Simply put....

Philippians 4:8 - "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things."
We all use defense - mental mechanisms for our life when things get out of balance.  It is called survival within our human self.

Now, as I have said above, I write for me, for my mind and then possible to help another soul. I enjoy it, I have learned a lot of wonderful, useful and important things about many things since I have been writing.  You will find that I am pretty straight forward when I say;  not everyone has to like my words or read my words, and that is okay.  I am not striving for perfection; I am striving for survival and in return possibly help another soul to see themselves from a different aspect and if needed; find change.

Do I want the approval of others?   Isn't that what I just said?  Why of course I really do, we all want the approval of others, we want to stand out, be recognized and get a pat on the back now and then,but when we realize that every person is not going to like, love, and accept it as a 'good' part of us, we must just keep moving.

Colossians 3:16  "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord."
Joshua 1: 8 -9 "This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success."    9) "Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of good courage; be not afraid, neither be dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest" 
 With all of the above said, we must sometimes overlook other people's actions, reactions, no actions, and remember that we are all humans who have been saved by the grace of a living God.  We must realize that we are going to make mistakes, (every one of us) say things wrong some times, and not understand our fellow man as we should. 

"Every human being acts the way they do according to life things,  the good, bad and sometimes ugly part of life. The natural life is not easy, overcoming the natural life is not easy and only possible through Christ and the Word of God.  Being able to recognize this aspect of life in other people helps us to be 'more like Jesus.'

2 Corinthians 4: 16  "For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward [man] is renewed day by day."
And finally:

Isaiah 40:31 - "But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew [their] strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; [and] they shall walk, and not faint."

Linda Todd