We can agree, that the past couple of weeks have been chaotic.
Our country, our nation has been at a state of unrest and in distress. And for a great reason. Emotions have been bottled up inside of us like a raging storm awaiting calmness.
How do we obtain calmness in such utter chaos and confusion?
What our eyes have seen. What our ears have heard. Have prompted suppressed feelings about real issues to resurface.
When you are very passionate about topics and causes that matter it can cause you to lose focus and get off track. So much, that you are completely overwhelmed with anxiety before you know it.
This is the state that I recently found myself in.
If you read my last article, “I Can’t Breathe” then you know how I celebrated my birthday this month. Trust me, it was a sad state of affairs.
But it is no secret the lives that have been lost. The lives that can no longer be fully celebrated due to the tainted hands by which they died.
Regardless of our beliefs and perspectives, we have all been affected by all the chaos. It has caused us as it should to want to say something, to do something.
“Take responsibility for your joy” (Joyce Meyer).
By nature, I’m inquisitive. It’s one of my strengths. This means I thrive in reading and researching in order to get to an ultimate place of closure. My natural instincts kicked in over the past few weeks, causing me to want to watch and read some media outlet almost 24-7.
I soon found myself feeding off of the negative vibes that were bouncing from one news channel to the other. I soon found myself doing something I normally try to avoid; engaging in unhealthy conversations on social media.
“As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7). Our thoughts are powerful. We have the power to control what we think about. Our thoughts are connected to our hearts and mouths.
Matthew 12:34 tells us that “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”
We all have a right to feel, think and even say what we want. We can not allow the tainted hearts of others to leak bitterness into our minds. Whatever we consume ourselves with is what will be manifested. If we constantly wrap our minds around negative things, we will be robbed of our joy and peace.
Joyce Meyer reminded us a few days ago through her ministry media, that we are responsible for our joy. This requires us to manage our thoughts.
Does this mean we are to totally disconnect ourselves from the issues of the world?
We have to implement balance. Yes, I will watch the news, read articles and probably respond to a few social media posts. But I have to be consciously aware about how external things will affect my internal environment. Because if I’m not, not only will it affect my mental state, but it will also distract me from my purpose and goals.
So, I challenge you to do something I had to force myself to do:
Intentionally Exercise Thought Management.
- Manage the time you watch the news. It’s great to be informed, but when you start finding yourself having heated conversations with the people on the television, that is a great sign it’s time to take a time out.
- Manage your time online and on social media. The Internet world is used for so much from personal to business. Even if you are on for one thing, an interesting article or post will pop up. Before you know it, you are zombie in. Choose to only be online for certain things and discipline yourself to stay focused on those things. I know…it’s challenging.
- Manage to schedule in your devotional/private time. Make sure you are feeding on positive things. Get your devotional time in. Meditate and pray. You will not have the strength or energy to resist negativity if that is all you are filled with. Remember, you are so much better than those that seek to drain and distract you.
Now, choose to get back on track and fight for your Joy and enjoy, peace in your MIND!