The Human Mind part 2 - The garden of the mind

“The greatest discovery of my generation is that man can alter his life simply by altering his attitude of mind.” James Truslow Adams

As we enter the last month of the year, reflect with me. Think about your thought life this year? What have you consistently pondered on? What has been your main focus? Have your thoughts helped or hindered you? It’s possible for us to drastically change, but one thing we must remember is that our thoughts have developed us over time, and therefore it will require patience in the area of mental reconstruction in our lives. You’ll be amazed at the power that God gives us to control our lives and make our own choices. We have the power to choose good or evil, the power to choose to get to know or reject God and the power to order the direction our thoughts go.

Our minds are very much like a garden. We can decide what flowers, plants, fruit or vegetables grow in it, and if we’re wise we’ll constantly take time to make sure that weeds and thorns don’t also grow and overtake the garden. The garden is reliant on us to help it grow by feeding it and pruning it. In the same vein, “A mind grows by what it feeds on.”Josiah Gilbert Holland. And our soul (our mind, will and emotions) is affected by what we constantly think. “…as he thinks in his heart so is he” Prov 23:7. We can neglect our minds and wishful thinking will hope that things get better but like the garden, things will only get worse if we ignore it. And like the garden we can’t trim the trees once, get happy and quit forever, there has to be constant maintenance. At any time we can begin to change our lives by changing our minds, but we must put in place disciplines and constantly check to see whether we’re adhering to them and whether they’re working. For example every night before you go to bed spend ten minutes and reflect on your day. Perhaps do the same at the end of the week, month and year. What are your thought habits and patterns? What can you put in place to change them? What do you need to spend more or less time on?

There’s a Chinese proverb that says “A closed mind is like a closed book; just a block of wood.” Our mind doesn’t have to remain closed, and if it does don’t expect to do too much with it! For the New Year I encourage you to think about your field of expertise, think about developing your character and think about your spiritual growth. Jesus came that we might “have life, and have it to the full”. What a promise! As you develop your mind and go after your dreams get to know what God really wants you to do. Probably about 90% of the world is ‘going with the flow’. Don’t just follow the crowd without knowing why you’re following them. Work on your mind to bring out the best in yourself. Sometimes it can seem tough but I believe you have what it takes.

God bless and protect

Quote of the week:
“You become what you think about” Earl Nightingale


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