Friday, September 14, 2018

It's All in Your Mind~

Please hold your laughter (if possible)
until you have moved on from this post,
opened another email,
or jumped down to another Facebook post.

I've never said
I am the brightest lightbulb in the box,
and what I am about to reveal
will certainly "back me up"
when it comes to this claim.

Sometimes (ok, most times),
it takes me a little while to catch on.

What others grasp instantaneously,
I have to grapple with for a bit.
What others come by naturally,
I have to ponder, digest, and reflect upon.

Thankfully, AHA moments do happen for me,
sometimes they just take a while to happen.

Like, for instance, my most recent AHA moment.
This one only took fity years.
And, it is the simplicity of the revelation,
combined with the fifty year time frame
in which it took me to process it,
that has me asking you
to please hold your giggles.

Balance is all in your head.

(There - it's out in black and white,
typed out on paper for all to see. )

For fifty years of my life,
I struggled with balance,
particularly balance when it came
to standing on one foot.
Try as I might,
no positioning of my arms
or controlled movement of my leg
seemed to bring success.

As soon as I lifted one leg up,
I would teeter and totter until I finally
(ok, quickly!)
had to place the lifted foot
right back on the ground.

For fifty years,
I could not balance on one foot.
Could. not. do. it.

And then, it happened.

One day,
while trying to lift my foot long enough
to take off a very uncooperative sock,
I started to teeter,
and when I did,
I heard myself (out loud) telling myself,
"Stacy, come on, girl!
Think about what you're doing here!"

And, I did.

For the first time ever,
I intentionally thought
about what I was doing,
about what I was wanting to accomplish,
about the need to stay steady and stable.

And, you know what?

The more I thought about being in balance,
the more I was.

The more I thought about standing steady and sure,
the more I was.

The more I took my mental focus
from what I wasn't doing
and placed it into what I wanted to do,
the steadier (and prouder) I stood.

Have you ever been there?

Teetering and tottering through life?

Wanting so desperately to stand
steady and sure
in a temptation,
through a trial,
during the battle?

Struggling to not lean
to the left or the right
in a moment of weakness,
when faced with opposition,
in times of fear and doubt?

If so, remember this:
The victory begins in your mind.

Therefore I urge you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies [dedicating all of yourselves, set apart] as a living sacrifice, holy and well-pleasing to God, which is your rational (logical, intelligent) act of worship. And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you].
~ Romans 12:1-2 AMP

Keeping our mind on Christ,
intentionally focusing our thoughts on God,
allowing God to transform
our ability,
our resolve,
our wishy-washyness,
our unbalanced living,
a rock-solid faith.

This is how you and I
can begin to find our spiritual balance.

Enlisting the power of the Holy Spirit
to do what only He can do
and what we never can,
seals our victory.

It's not about trying to
position our emotions just right.

It's not about trying to
place one foot of faith here
so as to outweigh one lean toward fear there.

It's not about trying to
stand steady on our own.

It's about surrendering
our need to be in control,
by placing our mind
on The One in control,
and then allowing Him
to do what we can't.

It's about removing our focus
from self,
and placing our mind
on The One
who can bring all things into focus.

It's about taking our thoughts off of
our problem,
our situation,
our temptation,
our need,
our trial,
our whatever is trying to throw us off balance,
and placing them back on
our Almighty God,
our Heavenly Father,
our Good Shepherd,
our Jehovah-Jireh,
our Abba Father.

It's all in our mind.


The next time you find yourself
wavering to the right
or swaying to the left,
set you mind on things above.

The next time you feel
wobbly and gimpy
standing on your own,
stand your spiritual ground
by focusing your mind back on to Christ Jesus,
the one on whose promises you stand.

The next time you start
to teeter and totter
and wave your emotions frantically
in an effort to find something stable
to grab on to,
reach your mind upward
and grab hold of your God -
the rock of your salvation,
the anchor of your soul.

Yes, it's all in your mind.

And, as long as your mind (and mine)
is fixed on Jesus,
we will stand.

(God brought this post from January 29, 2016 to mind today.  I hope you don't mind me sharing it again.)

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