Updated: Dec 30, 2021
This season is very challenging to everyone! With the global pandemic being experienced for more than a year, we are seeing rising numbers of people experiencing mental health issues and the number of suicide cases is increasing as well.
Despite the challenges that we are facing, there are a number of things to be grateful. Don’t focus your mind to negative things, rather focus on the positives. I attended a webinar on neuroscience and Andre Vermuelen, CEO of Neuro-Link, shared about short term biochemical changes. With negative emotions / pessimism / negative thinking, it leads to suppressed immune function. On the other hand, with positive emotions / optimism / constructive thinking, it leads to enhanced immune function.
And it is amazing that the Bible already told us since more than two thousand years ago on where to set our minds.
Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. Colossians 3:2
We cannot avoid having negative thoughts. It comes naturally, specially on situations that we don’t expect. But it is us to decide whether we are going to entertain these thoughts and dwell deeper on them or shift our focus to God and reflect on the amazing and wonderful things that He did in our lives. Even the time we wake up is a big blessing worth to be celebrated as we have given another day to live. And the fact that we are able to overcome and still breathing despite our challenges is a proof of God’s grace in our lives.
What are these things that are above that we need to set our minds on? In Colossians 3:12-15 – compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness and patience, bearing with one another, forgiving each other. And above all these, put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.
And finally, let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts.