We have decided to get ice cream tonight in honor of my oldest daughter and son-in-law’s third wedding anniversary. My episode of earlier today kept me from baking the traditional cake that the family has come to expect. However, there is a transportation issue. The cars are all being used, and all the ice cream cravers are forced to wait. It is a bit comical watching them all jump to the slightest sound that maybe it is a chance to hurry to sweet indulgence. The two dogs know something is going on and they are jumpy too. One of the humans will head to the door to look out and the dogs begin to bark. So far they have barked at a jet plane flying overhead and a whole lot of air. Not too good for my anxiety, but for the moment it is amusing.
Three years ago today I was more exhausted than I could have ever imagined. The kids had a really tight budget and I agreed to expedite their wedding plans with all my knowledge and crafting abilities at the ready. I enjoyed every single thing that I did for their wedding. I made all the decorations, picked out all the bridesmaids dresses, organized the men’s ware, handmade the invitations, arranged all the flowers, made the wedding cake, and the small buffet. I have probably forgotten something because there was so much.
I worked so hard and so long. I have heard it said that keeping busy helps one deal with the symptoms of depression. I agree with that statement, however, I find if you overdo to the point of exhaustion, the symptoms can be a bit overwhelming for a few days until you bounce back.
I am not telling you NOT to do what you enjoy, on the contrary, but please be aware that even too much of a good thing can be a stumbling block.
Philippians 4:4-8 reads, Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Oh, dear, moderation. A concept that I have worked diligently to teach my children. Not to far to the left or to the right. A happy medium I always explained. Webster’s defines moderation as the avoidance of excess or extremes, especially in one’s behavior or political opinions. (Boy, wouldn’t that be nice if some people would catch on to this one.)
Now the verses go on to say to be careful for nothing. This, literally translated means don’t be anxious. Well, there’s a slap in the old kisser. I stay anxious. Yet, it goes on to explain that we should be thankful to God and take our concerns to him. Then God who is peace will keep our hearts and minds. Now, this is good no matter if you have a mental disorder or not. So to reiterate, God will keep our heart and minds at peace when we:
- Don’t worry
- Pray/Talk to Him
- He will keep you in peace
I have not arrived there yet, but I am loving this plan.
The Mind. That beautiful, mysterious organ capable of doing billions of things. That piece of God created technology like mass can dream up the most glorious things and make them a reality. It can compose the most moving musical compositions, or design a stunning building. This same gray matter can become filled with dark, brooding and negative thoughts, relationship and career-damaging conjecture, or even suicidal or murderous ideas.
The Scriptures from Philippians tell us how to safeguard our minds. Think about things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely and of good report. Now that does not sound like the guide on your T.V., does it? Literally, we are to guard our minds. If our brain is busy sending signals to your body, then we should refuse to allow it to spew pessimistic refusals of anything positive.
Fill your mind with the good and the virtuous. Hold fast to that which is the truth. Let us do our best to focus on the things that will help us live this life in the best way possible. Be a positive light in a dark place and the darkness will eventually disappear. This dark can be located inside ourselves as well as in the world. Therefore, what we focus on must be a priority and not an afterthought.
I challenge you and myself to find a way to focus on the Right. Read your Bible, talk with a friend that is upbeat, Pray, do not just watch any type of program. Try it for a week and see how it goes. Leave your replies below. I will be thrilled to know how it changes your life.
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