Mind your mind

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus. (Phil. 2:5)

The apostle Paul talks quite a bit about our “minds”.  In Romans 12 he tells us why- “we are transformed by the renewing of our mind”. (Ro. 12.2)  In other words, our personal growth is deeply impacted by how we think.  So it is important to think about how you think.

But, what is the mind?  When asked this question people often refer to their brain.  The brain certainly is part of our mind, but the two are uniquely different.  The brain is an organ and the mind is a process.  We can actually see your brain in a scan, but we can’t see your mind.  It’s real, but abstract.  It’s visible not on scans, but rather in HOW we think, act, respond and live.  So the mind is, “the process by which we interact with the world around us and the world inside of us.”

Our minds are daily processing a host of things like: “is this person safe?” or “is this really a good buy?” or “why am I so stupid?” or “where is God when bad things happen?”.  All these questions involve an interaction of your personal mind with the world around you. How you respond to them is greatly influenced by your mind.  If you have been poorly treated by people in the past, it is very likely that your mind is slow to categorize someone as “safe”.  The problem with that is how do you actually know they are safe?  If you have been mistreated in the past, you have mixed models of safe and unsafe people.  What features of a person qualifies them as safe?  The gaps you feel in your process can then cause you to withdraw.  But withdrawing provides you with even less interactions and feedback for better identifying safe people.  Yikes! Who can save us from this terrible peril?  Jesus.  Paul declares in 1 Cor. 2:16 that we, “have the mind of Christ”.  Now what does that mean?!  We’ll cover that in my next post.  But for now consider my definition of the mind.  Do you agree?

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