By Nancy Virden (c)2020
We are made of Mind, Body, and Spirit. Optimum mental health comes when all three are in sync and functioning as intended. If one of these is injured or absent, we will struggle to experience the fulness of living.
The mind needs education, something to accomplish, a focus. A mind is wasted when it is stifled by low motivation or an environment that holds it back. Illiteracy is one example of when a great mind does not have all the tools necessary to achieve its potential.
The body needs movement, food, shelter, water, heat in the winter, and medical care. A body can whither away without movement, freeze without heat, and so on. Bodies die eventually.
Spirit is an attitude (Rah Rah Tigers!); a mood (she is in high spirits); or a force (the human spirit is resilient). There is one more side to spirit, and that is what makes us spiritual, tending toward belief in someone greater who is in charge.
We are born with a need, yes, I said need, to worship something. That is why we witness people creating gods for themselves. Money, humanity, literal idols, comfort, and so on. How do we know what we worship? Whatever or whoever we cannot imagine living without is our god.
People rail against the worship of or existence of God because they prefer to be their own god. As long as we can design our destiny, we are in control. The “strain” of yielding to a Higher Power is absent as are absolute truths, a moral standard, and fear of judgment. However, unbelief has never changed the inevitable.
The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.1 CORINTHIANS 2:14
Hopefully you dear reader, are in the family of God, submitted to our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus, and living by the Holy Spirit’s guidance. If not, it is not too late. The Holy Spirit fuels both the mind and the body; the mind to will and to act in the fulfilling purposes of God, and the body to eternal life.
That’s all three- body, mind, and spirit in sync.
Today’s Helpful Word
2 Timothy 1:13-14
Hold on to the pattern of wholesome teaching you learned from me—a pattern shaped by the faith and love that you have in Christ Jesus. Through the power of the Holy Spirit who lives within us, carefully guard the precious truth that has been entrusted to you.
Always the Fight Ministries (ATFM) has been displaying compassion for those fighting mental illness, addiction, or abuse since 2012. Nancy is the founder and voice of ATFM and openly shares her emotional resurrection from despair.
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NOTE: I am not a doctor or a mental health professional, and speak only from personal experiences and observations. In no way is this website intended to substitute for professional mental or behavioral health care.
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