Robert believes that the Holy Scriptures are the authoritative foundation of knowledge and hold the answer to humanity's ills.
The Mind is Abstract
In 1972, Arthur Fletcher became the executive director of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF). He coined the well-known and often quoted slogan, "A mind is a terrible thing to waste." Thankfully, there is a guaranteed way to keep us from wasting our minds.
The mind is the abstract element in our brains that keeps us aware of what we are experiencing in the world around us. The human mind facilitates feeling and conscious thought. As the UNCF slogan indicates, it would be a terrible thing to lose, abuse, or waste the God-given gift known as our mind.
Like Radio Waves
Like a radio picks up sound waves and frequencies, our minds pick up all sorts of thoughts. Unfortunately, the majority of those thoughts are not favorable. The Bible says, "Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience..."Ephesians 2:2 King James Version (KJV). "The prince of the power of the air" is another phrase for Satan, the devil. His messages fill the air like sound wave frequencies. In short, he is broadcasting. Like radios, our minds pick up the wavelengths (thoughts) of the devil daily.
Our Minds Get Wrong Wavelengths
According to Galatians 5:19-21, Satan continually broadcasts the wrong wavelengths (thoughts) to our minds. Those thoughts include adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, improper devotion, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, and revellings, to name a few. If we allow them to linger, inappropriate thoughts can cause considerable damage to ourselves and others. God, in His Word, tells us how to conserve, protect, heal, and purify our minds.
Stop Worrying so Much
One of the first ways to combat wrong thoughts and prevent wasting our minds is to stop worrying so much. The best way to combat anxiety is to recognize and admit when we need help with something. Then with expressions of gratitude, humbly ask for that help. You ask for help by going to the Source that guarantees delivery. That Source is God. Once you do that, you will have a calmness and peace that no one will be able to comprehend. That peace will come from Christ in you and radiate out to others. The Bible instructs us not to be worried or anxious about anything. "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus" Phillippians 4:6-7 (NIV)."
Is It True?
The next way to keep from wasting our minds is to change the type of wavelengths (thoughts) that we allow in our brains. Edgar Allan Poe is said to have used the hyperbole, "Believe half of what you see and nothing of what you hear." In other words, if you do not know it is true, do not speculate about it. It is easy for human nature to take over when we see or hear some juicy tidbit of information that we just can't wait to share with the world. If we do not know what is going on, it isn't wise to think about or spread information that may not be true.
What If It Is True?
So what if you see or hear something and you know beyond a doubt that it is true? That's when you have to let prayer come in and worry go out. With prayer, you will get the guidance from God to know if thinking on the situation would be the moral thing to do. The direction God takes you in will conserve your mind and give you peace. His guidance will be morally sound and show you as being a person with excellent qualities.
Whatever Is Right
From October 7, 1996 - June 8, 2004, The Nickelodeon Network aired a series of animated shows titled Hey Arnold! The main character, Arnold, was known for doing whatever was right. Even when his school mates tried to persuade him otherwise, Arnold wanted to do the right thing. By the end of the episode, Arnold's friends could see that doing the right thing was always the best thing. Thinking on and doing what is right in God's eyesight is the right way to protect your mind. Thinking about what is right erases the stress, drama, and fear that other forms of thinking can bring in your life.
Whatever Is Pure
Every culture on earth has its own "dirty words," red-light districts, and unclean lifestyles. Although they saturate our environment, we do not have to dwell on dirty things. We can turn away, turn them off, or tune them out. Thinking about whatever is pure will keep our minds clean and simplify our lives. Eliminating the grogginess of a filthy mind helps us to stay focused on the things that are most beneficial for us.
Whatever Is Lovely
In 1976, singer, songwriter, and musician Stevie Wonder released his hit song "Isn't She Lovely." The song was from Wonder's album Songs in the Key of Life. "Isn't She Lovely" celebrates the birth of Stevie's daughter Aisha Morris. The song is an excellent example of how our minds become healed and filled with joy by thinking about whatever is lovely in life.
Whatever Is Admirable
To admire someone is to regard them with honor and respect. Proper admiration of someone means we dwell on and find favor with the appropriate and exceptional character traits that they have. Thinking on whatever is admirable protects our minds from wondering unnecessarily down the dark corridors of life.
Excellent or Praiseworthy
I have a friend who is a natural and truly honest giver of praise. She always finds a constructive compliment to give to everyone she meets. I have often heard her say, "Oh, I love your shoes," or "You look so stunning in that outfit." Because she has the gift of being able to praise others, my friend is endeared and truly loved by many people. Thinking about things that are excellent or praiseworthy uplifts others and helps to keep our minds pure.
In the Final Analysis
"A mind is (indeed) a terrible thing to waste." However, in the final analysis, our minds do not have to be wasted. We can conserve, protect, heal, and purify our thoughts. Once we let prayer in and worry and anxiety out of our lives, we can humbly and thankfully seek God's help. With God's help, we tune out the wrong thoughts, keep our minds healthy, and enjoy the fruits of truth, nobleness, righteousness, purity, loveliness, admiration, and anything worthy of praise. "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things" Phillippians 4:8. (NIV).
© 2019 Robert Odell Jr