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Living Well: a State of Mind
What does living well really mean? Is it being wealthy, having good health, a great job, or a special someone? Most people probably think so. But these things can and will change over the course of your life. A great example was Mike’s ability to enjoy fishing at the lake last summer. This year, that’s just not possible.
One of the few things that does remain throughout your life however is your state of mind. This will dictate what you spend your time thinking about, how you feel about yourself and what you think about others. Whether you know it or not, your state of mind is actually tied to your spiritual state. Essentially, how closely aligned you are to God’s spirit as you encounter all that life brings. Does your spirit struggle to stay on even ground? Here are just a few examples of where people can struggle:
Worry – Do you run through scenarios in your mind trying to determine what could go wrong and masterminding solutions in your own strength? That shoe fits my foot quite nicely, I confess.
The Need to Be Right – Are you frequently striving to show others that you know what you’re talking about? Are you most comfortable when you feel you’re better than others?
In both of these scenarios, your spiritual state is not in a good place. But how do you change that?
Living Well is Discipline & Art
The words of Sarah Young, the author of Jesus Calling, offers some insight for us:
Living well is both a discipline and an art. Concentrate on staying close to God, the divine Artist. Discipline your thoughts to trust in Him as He works His ways in your life.
Pray about everything; then, leave outcomes up to God. Do not fear His will, for through it He accomplishes what is best for you.
James 1:5 – But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
If you discipline yourself to communicate with God daily, opening all areas of your life to Him, he will move your focus away from your anxiety and worries. By trusting in God’s divine provision and His loving faithfulness, you can operate in a state of mind which is much more at peace. You will also come to realize that being right is not as important as what you once thought. What is important is our Father’s righteousness and that is He sovereign over all the evil in the world.
John 3:16 – For this is how God loved the world:
He gave his one and only Son,
so that everyone who believes in him will not perish
but have eternal life.
We can also train ourselves to see the beauty that God, the Artist, is creating. It’s easy to see His goodness in the natural world, but have you ever thought about how God is also creating beauty in your life? Like someone weaving a tapestry, He is connecting the people and circumstance in your your life. His purpose in doing this, is to mature you and transform your heart to become more like Jesus.
Check out this Hosanna sermon Field Guide For Real Life – Week 2. It’s focused on the 2nd commandment and explains how worry and the need to be right can actually become idols in your life.
One last thought on the topic of worry
If you ever find yourself worrying over past failures, turn to the profound truth I saw displayed on a T-shirt in the Hosanna parking lot. Spoiler alert – things do not go well for satan in the end! But they will go well for you if you trust in God’s provision and open yourself to God’s guidance on a daily basis.
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