In several parts, I am going to share an adaptation of a podcast of Dr. Henry Cloud entitled, “5 Ways to Maintain Your Well Being.”
Part 1. Name the Reality (5-11-20)
Part 2. Staying Connected (5-11-20)
Part 3. Find a New Routine (5-12-20)
Part 4. Surrender the Things You Cannot Control (5-12-20)
5. Guard what Goes into Your Mind
You have heard of “Post Traumatic Stress.” There are a lot of people who are suffering from “Present Traumatic Stress” because they experience a constant flow of negative news about the pandemic broadcast all day every day. There is a continuous flow of pundits who are churning endless details about this pandemic. Conflicting advice and process are advanced.
Conspiracies are blamed for the offerings of contrary wisdom. We need to understand that knowledge is power. We do need to be aware of new practices and medical progress, as well as the availability of effective treatments that genuinely help us at this time. What we do not need is a constant flow of negative news and conflicting reports.
There is an old saying, “We can’t keep the birds from flying over our heads, but we can keep them from building a nest in our hair.” We can choose what we mentally grasp. Choose only the best and most practical advice upon which to focus and release the rest.
We must intentionally think about God and his promises. We can choose to meditate upon those objective problem-solving principles in God’s Word. We can decide on our focus and push the rest out of our minds. Paul urged us, “we demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (2 Cor. 10:5 NIV)
Our minds can be renewed by what we think. (Romans 12:1-2). When we remember other difficulties successfully endured, when we remind ourselves of what God has done, we tap into our past confidence in God, which encourages us to keep on trusting in God.
We are in his hands! And his hands are loving and powerful! Give thanks to God for his provision. He has made a season for everything, and everything is beautiful in its season. When we recognize that our loving God is in control (Eccl. 3), we often will not understand what is going on around us, but we can remember and benefit by the knowledge of his ultimate goodness!