The series on discipline continues
For as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he….
He answered: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.
What is in your mind right now? what are you thinking about?.It is said that a man is the sum total of what he thinks.The the scripture, “As a man thinketh in his heart so is he,” not only embraces the whole of a man’s being, but is so comprehensive as to reach out to every condition and circumstance of his life. A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts. So again, what is in your mind right now? good thoughts or bad?
James Allen says in his book ‘As a Man Thinketh in His heart’ that ”Act is the blossom of thought, and joy and suffering are its fruits; thus does a man garner in the sweet and bitter fruitage of his own husbandry.”This means that our thoughts defines our action and as such society is very like to judge the way we think from how we act.
James goes on to say that ‘Thought in the mind hath made us. What we are
By thought we wrought and built. If a man’s mind
Hath evil thoughts, pain comes on him as comes
The wheel the ox behind . . . If one endure in purity
of thought joy follows him as his own shadow – sure”.It calls upon us therefore to train our thoughts, to be careful about what we feed our minds and of what we think.
It is also important to subject our minds intellectual exercises that stimulates the mind and strengthening the mental faculties. Games like Chess, Sudoku, Scrabble, try filling some cross words and playing drought. Always make sure your mind is never idle because it is true as it is said that an idle mind is the devils workshop. Even when you have a free time try to engage your mind with something useful to eat. I find personally that reading helps my mind a lot.
Again, as with physical discipline, intensity and focus of the activity you choose as a stimulator are of more importance than the activity itself.Pick an activity that most appeals to you, and then stick with it, charting your progress as you go along. Timing yourself is an additional discipline that can be helpful for furthering one’s progress and development in this area.
To sum up, loving God with all of one’s “mind”, is right up there with the command to love God with all of our heart, soul, and strength. No matter what that may mean in practical terms, the bottom line is that we can not afford to turn our brains off, if we are to be fully functioning Christians. Take time to improve your mental discipline, and you will be of better service to the kingdom as a result. Don’t forget to chart your progress, and watch yourself improve! Also, don’t forget that the greatest area of mental development just has to do with learning new skills, mostly through reading, but also through experience
This Series ends Tomorrow