I just finished a book by Amy Morin entitled ’13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do’. It sparked within me the concept of bringing our best mental game to every day, every situation. Especially as the people of God, mental sloppiness should have no place in our practice of excellence. On the job, in the classroom, in relationships, in the formation of godly character, in all of our pursuits and situations, let us be marked by an exceptional mentality.
Morin says this on page 9, ‘Developing mental strength is about improving your ability to regulate your emotions, manage your thoughts, and behave in a positive manner, despite your circumstances.’ We are not talking here of a naive, positive mental attitude that will not accept negative input, neither a humanistic view that ‘we are our own divinity’, but rather wherever in our circumstances we find ourselves, we will not allow certain defeatist mentalities, nor weak mentalities, bring us down. Nor will we allow ourselves mental neglect, mind decay.
Absorb the Word of God, the utmost of exceptional thought. And add to that absorbing dynamic literature, along with the influence of mentally adroit people who will challenge us to up our mental game. With scriptures such as Eph. 3:20 ‘Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us…’ we cannot accept minimal thinking. The NIV puts it this way Eph. 3:20 ‘Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.’ Imagine is a huge little word. Imagination is what brought us flight, vaccines, computers and so on.
I understand the Word also warns us against vain imaginations (Rom. 1:21) and a selfish, conceited mentality (Pro. 16:18; Rom. 12:3), among other ungodly mindsets. But let’s not get lazy and hide behind phony humility, dodging our duty to bring our best mind to our living and purpose, especially our endeavors for the Kingdom of God.
Thoughts can be the seeds of reality. Let us think as big as our God!