No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
I started doing a boot camp this week to train the body, but there is something much more that needs training and that is the mind! I truly believe that what you put in is what you put out. So if you are feeding your brain with positive thoughts, then you will begin to be positive. It is something that doesn't happen over night though. We have to train to become that way.
You may be asking what I mean by this. Well, just because I read the Bible regularly does not mean I will automatically know scripture. In fact I use www.biblegateway.com to come up with the scriptures for this. I know though in time I will be able to know more about the Bible the more I train myself in it.
It's a slow process though, but like exercise, I don't start out running a marathon, I have to build up to it. I don't start out knowing the Bible, I have to start out slow learning it. And if I can't recall it, it is because I am not feeding my brain with it.
I used to think it was not important to know scripture and then I realized, how can I know God better if I am not reading His word? We are lucky that we are blessed with a book that we can get into and know God through, there are religions that don't have the same blessing.
In also training my mind, I have to look out for who I have around me. If I have naysayers around me, then I will become one. Though if I hang out with positive people, I will be more positive.
We also need a support group that we can be accountable to. We were not meant to live alone, so avoiding people is not the answer. I look at it like this, I go to the gym and work out, I am likely not to keep it up. But going to this boot camp, where I am with a group with the same goals, I stick with it, even if it is just to see some of them.
So what is the mind support group? Church of course. What better way to be around God's people and also in the word? You get a full workout of the mind! Is it tiresome at times? Yes! Does it hurt at times? Yes. But like working out, you just have to stick to it.
So what are you doing to exercise your mind?