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What is the greatest battle we fight?  Okay, what is one of the greatest battles we fight?

The battle of the mind.  That is where many battles are won and lost.  In our minds we battle the thoughts, “Am I a winner or a loser?”.  When we are attacked, do we let it get into our head and let it tear us down or do we rise up against it?  When we have a failure, do we learn from it or do we have a tendency to give up?

One of the big aspects of that battle is battling emotion.  Our emotions can bring us to rash decisions.  We can look at road rage as an example; when emotions take over, the mind can shut off.

If we really want to see who we are, look at how we handle emotional situations for that is when unfiltered responses tend to flow out.  We can see if our nature is positive or negative.  If we like to isolate ourselves or reach out for advice.  If we are quick to make rash decision or become introspective.  If we are filled with anger or peace.

Those moments can be moments of light.  We can see who we are.  Once we can see who we are, we can then know the path we need to take to become what we desire to be.  We can become that which God desires us to be.

God has made it possible to win the battle of the mind. “…we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”  (2 Corinthians 10:5) This is what I love about the Bible; it’s so practical.  Imagine we can take ever thought captive to make it obedient to Christ.  Our mind was made for victory, not defeat.

(If you are a pastor or know of a pastor who is need of encouragement I send a letter of encouragement every Monday to assist in winning the battle of the mind).

 

Perspective – Gives Victory or Defeat

Perspective can keep us on the road to victory or bring us on the side road to defeat.

What happens in our life when the train goes off the rails? When a business plan falls apart? When our child makes a bad decision and does significant damage to their life?

It is those times we get to truly see who we are.

In those moments what is our perspective? Is the disaster upsetting, but an issue I can work through and continue going where I need to be? Or is the issue all consuming and all I can see is negativity? Everything is terrible and life stinks.

Our perspective tells us where we live. If I pitch my tent in negativity that is my home. My thoughts, my words, my actions will circle around that attitude.

If I pitch my tent where I can learn, adapt and overcome that is my home. The issue will pass, I will learn, my business will grow, I will be a source of strength for my family and I will go forward.

The apostle Paul in Philippians 3:13 said, “…forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead…”

A fully-engaged person is looking to hit on all cylinders no matter the circumstance. The eye is on the prize in which they have been called. The difficult issue is never greater than what you have been called to.

The question is: when trouble comes where do we tend to camp? The beauty of it all; the choice is ours.

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I had a friend who loved that phrase, “we are human beings not human doings.”

Human doings wake up with no plans. They eat breakfast, go to work, react to whatever happens to them come home have dinner watch TV and go to bed. They are on automode. Never really accomplishing anything except getting through the day.

Human being are in the moment. They know who God created them to be and have planned their day. They mapped out what they are looking to accomplish. They are deliberate about their day and looking to live in their day not survive. They don’t let the day move them they move the day.

What I love about the bible is that it is full on wisdom if you are a believer or not a believer. There is a verse from Philippians 4:13 that Christians love to quote “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”

The word “do” caught my eye. The word is translated – to perform or carry out. To work on to bring to completion.

For God to strengthen we need to be accomplishing and working to completion. That we are taking deliberate action.

Today are we a human being or a human doing? Are we working on something and planning to have it brought to completion? We have a God who desires to strengthen us.