Posts Tagged ‘mind’

Heal me, and I will be healed

“Pain is inevitable. But suffering is optional.”

Life is full of so much pain and hurt. Whether we are on the giving or the receiving end. And sometimes, it is the inner pain, rather than any physical pain, that hurts the most.

But pain is inevitable. It’s an unavoidable consequence of being alive. The moment we no longer feel anything, we have passed from this life, awaiting the next.

Whether you have inflicted pain on others or are subject to the pain others have inflicted on you, you must not let that pain control you. The most powerful weapon we have in this life is our mind.

Our minds control our feelings of sadness, inadequacy, fear, worry, hopelessness, and guilt. If we learn to control our mind, instead of letting it control us, we can overcome anything.

It’s easier to deal with pain that we feel is undeserved. Because then we can blame someone else. Or we can blame God. But on occasion we will find ourselves in pain that we have caused to come upon ourselves. Pain we feel we deserve.

We can choose to wallow in self-pity, or even self hate. But imagine if we could grasp on to the fact that God does not only heal the pain others inflict on us. But that he also heals the pain we inflict on ourselves.

Healing is a journey. It is not something that happens overnight—even if we want it to. Sometimes we need to sit back and not wallow in tears but rather actively seek God. Actively dwell on things that lift us up, instead of dragging us down.

“Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted.  But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.” – Isaiah 53:4-5

“Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion.” – Psalms 103:2-4

“Heal me, O LORD, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.” – Jeremiah 17:14

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“But you will cross the Jordan and settle in the land the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance, and he will give you rest from all your enemies around you so that you will live in safety.” Deuteronomy 12:10

“When you go out to fight your enemies and you face horses and chariots and an army greater than your own, do not be afraid. The LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, is with you!” Deuteronomy 20:1

“I will give you peace in the land, and you will be able to sleep with no cause for fear. ” Leviticus 26:6

 

Have you ever laid down to sleep in fear?

 

The writer Paulo Coelho writes in the Alchemist that “the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself.” Our thoughts control us. Whether for good or for evil. We are often limited by what we think we can’t do. And often times we limit God by dwelling on the fears of what God has already said he will take care of.

 

We are human, and as a result it is in our nature is to value the things that are seen more than the things that are unseen. We are more concerned with the love of those we can lay eyes on, feel their touch, and hear their voice. We strive to please parents, friends, teachers, lovers. And we forget to seek to please God. We assume that attempting to please God is like walking with no gravity.Like praying for sunshine in the middle of the night. Or like grasping for an orange from an apple tree. 

 

Nevertheless, that is our claim to faith. Our belief in something more. Something more than the things we see with our eyes. Something more than the immediate pleasures and sufferings of this world. It is the concept of a greater plan, a greater purpose for our life. To nonbelievers it is wishful thinking, it is a conscious rejection of scientific evidence and ‘reality.’

 

“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:18

 

But the amazing thing is that people of all walks of life, with varying experiences, upbringing, and cultures are drawn to this belief. And what compels them? It’s not the rejection of common sense as most atheists are want to believe. But it’s the openness and awareness of a thread that runs through each and every one of our lives.

 

Death is inevitable. Till then our actions play a large role in the outcome of our life journey. But what controls these actions? It is our thoughts. Descartes said it best, “I think, therefore I am.” If you knew the outcome of your life hinged on a single strand of thoughts, what would you focus your mind on? “To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.” (Henry David Thoreau)

 

What are thinking of today? Are you dwelling on failures, doubt, worry, and weaknesses? Or are you trusting in God? Are you trusting in Him to protect you from your enemies? To give you security? To give you peace?

 

Control your thoughts. Don’t let them control you.

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