What are we filling our minds with? Lately, with this whole stay home order it has been a lot of TV shows, video games, maybe a few books, and whatever _____ shares on Insta. The Issue is, none of these will specifically help us feel better about what’s happening right now. We miss socializing, we miss hugging our friends, we miss school, we miss going to the mall, etc. Life is just so weird right now and in a time where the internet has it all, that’s all we do. We binge shows on Netflix, play an obscene amount of Call of Duty, read a plethora of books(...okay that’s a good one…) or read a bunch of negativity on social media. Is this what we want to fill our heads with?
When all we do is focus on things that “escape reality” or the negativity circling what’s going on, what do you think happens? We feed the beast. The beast is our anxiety and we all have a beast. For some of us, the beast is more like the size of a kitten and it takes ALOT for that beast to grow. Then for others, the beast is already Godzilla, before this whole Corona thing. When all we feed our minds is nothing or negativity, then our beast is given the freedom to grow. As the beast grows we have a harder time being able to enjoy anything because we begin to just live in fear from this beast. So, how do we combat the beast? In Philippians 4, Paul is writing to a church that needed the tools to conquer their anxiety as well. In verses 8-9 Paul says, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable if there is any excellence if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” Paul is giving them the tool to combat anxiety, cut out the garbage and put in the good. Now, I’m not saying all movies are bad or to never play video games, but there has to be some balance and you have to put more than those things in your mind.
One of the easiest ways to put what Paul is saying into practice is to have a quiet time. Quiet time is time you spend alone with God. During this time you can read the Bible, do a devotional, pray, meditate, worship, etc. All that matters is you do this alone, with God daily. There is nothing more true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent and worthy of praise than the Bible. So, taking time daily to read and talk with God about what you read is a great way to replace the negativity and find some peace in this chaos. Students I want to challenge you to find a quiet time. Be alone with God, read the Bible, pray to Him. On the new website, there is a 30-day devotional, we are on day 2. Feel free to use that as a guide for your quiet time and let the group know how it’s going below!