The Mind’s Odyssey

“How did I get to this place in my life?” This is a burning question that all of us will ask ourselves at some point, whether the situation is good or bad. When unexpected things happen, we sometimes inquire about the journey. The mind and brain are considered to be the most complex part of the most complex being on Earth. Needless to say, the brain – as a physical organ – is a bit convoluted. But, I wish to present to you that the inner-workings of the mind, and how it dictates our lives, are quite simple.

The mind is incredibly powerful. It controls the direction of our whole lives. However, it’s a short distance from a thought entering our minds to a particular action coming to fruition. At whatever point you find yourself today, it’s a direct link to what you have thought in the past. I’m not referring to situations that are out of your control: certain illnesses, company-wide layoffs or some accidents. But I am confident that more than 90% of our circumstances are caused by our thought-life. The mind-to-action correlation is linked together like conjoined twins. One does not exist without the other. Proverbs 4:23 tells us that we should guard our hearts and what we expose ourselves to because it dictates the course of life. Joyce Meyer often says, “Where the mind goes, the man follows.” This short, 7-step process reveals the anatomy of the mind and circumstance evolution:

What we are exposed to determines the way we think.
The way we think determines the way we feel.
The way we feel determines the decisions we make.
The decisions we make determine the actions we take.
Our actions determine our character.
Finally, our character determines our destination in life.

In other words, exposure leads to thinking – which leads to feelings – which lead to decisions – which lead to actions – which lead to character – which leads to your destination. It’s no surprise that basic psychology suggests things like, “Children who grow up in middle-class families are likely to become adults with middle-class jobs and income,” “People who hang around heavy drinkers are likely to drink heavily,” or “Those who expose themselves to violent images are likely to express violent behavior.” More importantly, the power of the mind is all through the Bible (Phil. 4:8, Eph. 4:22-24, Isa. 26:3, 2 Cor. 10:5, Col. 3:2-5). Countless scriptures teach us that whatever we choose to focus on is what we become (Prov. 23:7, Deut. 30:19). This is why it is imperative for us to focus on the Word. If we have any interest in living our “best lives,” we have to renew our minds with the Truth (Rom. 12:2). This is the Book of promises and a guarantee that implementing the Word moves you right into your perfect destiny (Psa. 34).

Think about what you’re thinking about. Allowing idol thoughts to run wild in our mind’s is toxic. Any time we don’t focus on the things of God, we relinquish the right to a purpose-driven life. The Enemy has a field day with anyone who refuses to focus their “focus.” Focus on the Word is like upkeep for the mind, and ultimately, your life. It keeps us fresh and continually progressing to the next phase of our walk with Christ. On the flip side, a lack of focus leads to decay in one’s life. Notice: If you neglect to shower, you will stink; If a house is left uncleaned, it will continue to gather dust and grow mold or if an infection is not treated, it spreads and gets worse. Focusing on just a few scriptures a day and implementing them can drastically improve your life … and who can say ‘no’ to that?

Change your mind, change your life!

Kirby N. McKinney


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