One of the biggest challenges we face today are full schedules, and that means a busy mind. There is so much that needs to get accomplished, it becomes difﬁcult to stay focused on our relationships with family, friends, and most important, our heavenly Father.
Many days start out with not enough sleep, followed by a rushed (if any) breakfast, off to school with the kids, then to work (and all the drama that thus occurs), then as soon as the whistle blows to end our work day, the next hustle begins… homework, projects, laundry, supper, yard work, ball games, practice, dance, music lessons, etc. Then when everyone is bathed, teeth brushed, and ﬁnally in bed (later than planned), we realize we did not spend any quality time with our spouse, or the friends we constantly tell “We’ve got to get together sometime!” We also neglect our prayer closet and bible study!
Now, we may not intend for that to happen, but none the less, it does occur, and often times its because we just plain ole forgot. Our mind is so busy with the clutter of the day, we can’t stay focused on things we should. Romans 12:2 tells us “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.”
So… how does one renew the mind? Well, it takes effort. Anything in this life you desire, will take effort on your part if you wish to receive it! If you want good grades — study. If you want a job — apply. If you want a healthy relationship — be considerate, dependable and loving. If you want a renewed mind — change your thoughts!!!
Paul also tells us in Philippians 4:7-8 “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 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.”
If you struggle with negative thoughts that lead to long depressing days, or you’re frustrated because you have become forgetful and can’t remember things if it’s not wrote down or in the phone/tablet… don’t worry! Our Father did not leave us without instruction, nor without hope!
Let your days begin with thoughts of our Redeemer, Jesus Christ! Think on the love that the Father had to send His only Son to bear our burdens, guilt and shame. It is through Jesus Christ, and Him only that we can overcome! Romans 8:37 assures us that “we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.” And yes, that covers a busy, overwhelmed mind!
Don’t let the enemy oppress you with anxiety, depressing thoughts, frustration, or feeling constantly rushed. Remember, God is in control… it may not seem that way sometimes, but He is! It is so important to know the Word of God, and stay focused on Him, because when we focus on the world, our mind becomes chaos! Trust Him, and trust His Word… it is peace for your mind.
Rev. Cathleen N. Cathcart is the pastor of New Life Worship Center in Spartanburg. This the sermon she delivered this past Sunday.