We all recognize the need for a healthy body. Most of us also recognize the need for a healthy mind. But what exactly is a healthy mind?
Consider your mind healthy if it works for you instead of against you. A healthy mind serves up thoughts that release your full potential. It looks ahead and harbors a clear vision for the future. It agrees with God’s promises. It craves direction, growth, and challenge.
So what can we do to achieve a healthy mind? Think about it like this: If your goal is to lose weight, then you know what you have to do. You must change your diet. You have to decide in advance what kind of food and drink is consistent with your weight-loss goals and what kind is not. And for this change in diet to be effective in the long run, you’ll need to remove the junk food and unhealthy snacks from your environment and replace them with healthy, energy-producing choices. In other words, you have to align your refrigerator and cupboards with your health goals. Otherwise, trying to lose weight will remain “trying” indefinitely.
Likewise, if your goal is to have a healthy mind, you have to change your mental diet! You must develop mental goals and a plan to fulfill those goals. You must toss the junk thoughts that oppose God’s promises, and stock your surroundings with joy-producing inputs that encourage right thinking. These surroundings include our relationships and exposures. Are we spending time with the right people? Are we daily feeding our mind with God’s word?
This discipline is an ongoing process. It will require some throwing out and some bringing in. Fortunately, this is not an all-or-nothing proposition. You know the answer to how “mentally lean” you want to be. Each day opens up opportunities to fulfill your goals, no matter how big or small, and become the person Christ wants you to become.