In a world where contentment and happiness tend to be driven by the entertainment industry, and at a time when the entertainment industry is growing in innovative, all-encompassing ways of keeping our attention in the midst of the hustle and bustle of life, it is easy to become addicted to an oversaturated, overextended and overstimulated state of mind.
How then do we battle the repercussions of this cultural norm? As the demands on our lives become ever increasing and time is consumed, our minds and thoughts are following the patterns of our daily decisions (as menial as those decisions may seem at times). And as Christ followers, if we hold fast to the message Mark was communicating in Mark 12:30 when he talks about loving the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, then we can't argue against how those four elements are intricately linked. Therefore, those "menial" decisions are explicitly tied to our faith and, therefore, are critical.
God has so creatively designed our bodies, minds and souls to work in tandem with each other. The activities of our bodies influence the way chemicals in our brains are released and flow, which influence our emotions and state-of-being, which then influence the thoughts we have. Our faith dictates the purpose we set behind all we do which then influences our actions…and so on, and so on.
Understanding the science behind how we were created, while having a clear understanding of what we believe and why we believe it, should motivate us to push against cultural tendencies and expectations.
Since people are all wired differently, it can be difficult to apply practical solutions to the oversaturated, overextended and overstimulated mind. But in effort to not only pose problems, here are three practical applications that we can all benefit from:
Living life in a healthy manner is not easy work. It takes diligence, dedication and extra doses of motivation. However, as we live in the tension of this world not being our home and yet the place where we are called to currently, we have the opportunity to thrive here by making every effort to love the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. May the pervasive truth of Scripture resound with clarity as we seek to live out this love in the holistic way the Bible calls us to.
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