Mindfulness, as a counseling concept, is all the rage nowadays, but is it something that we followers of the Lamb should be practicing?
Philippians 3:12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those (great accomplishments of the Holy Spirit through me) things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Mark 8:18 Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember?21 And he said unto them, How is it that ye do not understand?
Isaiah 50:4 The Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.
5 The Lord God hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back.
To review: weekly we ask, how am I doing at caring for my physical health; schedule;relationships; and living in the reality God has placed me in?
my reality only touches God’s eternity in the now. Now matter how I may fuss about it, in the end of the fussing I am still myself,where I am and when I am.
In the present place I need to be aware of my reactions and ask “What do You want me to do right now about this thing I am focussed on, how do You want me to obey?” NEXT:
If the answer is to act then act, to act with support from God and others then act, to wait then wait patiently and put it on the later pile with some way to remember to act later, to accept that there is nothing that I should or could do then accept and rest and refocus to the here and now and grab ahold of all that God has for me now investing no worry in tomorrow or what is happening elsewhere and not wallowing in yesterday, THEN ACCEPT the fact that there in nothing to be done. (remembering to cast our cares on Him through prayer).
Next, be careful not to move from accepting the fact that there is nothing to do TO fussing about the fact that we can do nothing and about the people who won’t co-operate. Not resenting reality and so finding ourselves resenting God’s sovereignty. It is OK to say that we have messed up and others are messed up and that reality is not fair or kind but resentment involves endless review of the details which wears us out.
Next, by God’s grace pull your focus back to the here and now seeing the problems as challenges to bless us with growth and the opportunities as things to be savored and appreciated.
The question is “How am I doing at not allowing tension to build up as I go through the day?”
100 years ago a doctor found that the only ones who left the state psychiatric hospitals were the ones who had learned a. not to sweat the small stuff b. not to sweat the big stuff they could do nothing about, c. not to handle things alone making them more stressful than necessary d.not to procrastinate. e. not to bury hurts but take them to God f. to see problems in the light of all the good and in the light of our hope in eternity. These patients did well even before the advent of medications. Loving God is great but will not prevent illness. If you love God and eat unhealthy food-you die! If you love God and wallow in anger bitterness worry fear etc. you will still burn out. You will remain loved and eternally secure but still miserable and worn out. His ways do work!
Well this ends the four blogs on the tool of weekly questions to keep us on tract in terms of healthy living.