There is time management, financial management, and weight management. But today I want to talk about mind management. We all know stress is a major factor in one of the biggest causes of death today - heart attacks. People have literally worked themselves to death. What part of the body is attacked by stress? YOUR MIND! Shouldn't we be more concerned about managing our minds, than managing anything else?
Jesus was. He took regular breaks to recharge, going up a mountain, walking away from everything and taking a break, spending time in nature, in prayer, connecting his spirit back with the father. Human beings need regular rest and reconnection with God to flourish and thrive - that's why God invented the Sabbath, weekends came from the Sabbath. Jesus also guarded his heart. He answered so many prayers, healed so many, taught so much but he refused to concede in 3 areas:
He refused to give in to those who wanted to use Him for their own agenda.
Many would be attracted to the wealth and power - and in Jesus time that was absolute power. He knew it wasn't time and refused it twice!
He refused to be distracted from his goals!
Jesus reaction seems harsh. Even Jesus, knowing the plan, struggled with the level of pain, suffering and death he would soon endure. Peter's good intentioned words were a temptation not to complete his mission, and he spoke to the real temptor behind the words.
- He refused the critism and scorn of unbelievers.
Like all of us Jesus had to face rejection and scorn at times. He knew who He was and he refused to accept it. His reponse on the occasion in Luke 8 was to put them all outside - banning them from the room. Those full of doubt, critism and scorn were NOT allowed in the girl's house, and shouldn't be allowed in your life. They missed seeing the miracle!
Maybe you are constantly doubting, full of criticism and scorn for others or maybe of yourself? Is the tape you play in your head constantly putting yourself down? Stop the automatic negative thinking in your brain and the nasty stuff coming out of your mouth. It's not easy to do, it can take constant conscious effort at first, telling yourself NO and replacing the tape - with God's promises!