If there’s something that’s responsible for whatever you are, whatever you think and whatever you do, it’s your mind. Your mind’s your master.
However, leaving your mind to do whatever it wants will get you into trouble. I don’t know if you have a similar experience, but whenever I don’t have something to do, my mind becomes restless then I become depressed. I need to get myself preoccupied if I don’t want to throw out a P-Tea Party.
The mind is tricky. Who knows what great struggles happen within us? Psychologists have tried to give scientific explanations, but many of the mysteries of the human mind are still left untouched.
For the mind, everything is relative. Abstract. Not everything can be understood, explained. At one time, we feel we’re secure. At another, we see our lives as worthless.
If the things that go on in our minds can be written and compiled into books, its word chaos might be beyond imagination. Chapters of happiness here, paragraphs of loneliness there. Some of its words might be plain gibberish!
We need a foundation. We need to found our masters on solid ground. It’s a good thing we have a book which contains the thoughts of Someone perfect, unwavering and unchanging.
YHWH of Judah. The Holy Scripture. The Bible is God’s written word. This book contains the answers to how we can master our master.
“Whatsoever things are true… good… think on these things!” Philippians 4:8
“God has given us…a sound mind.” I Timothy 1:7
“Worry about nothing, pray about everything!” Philippians 4:6
The mind can be disciplined. If you feel worthless, you’re not! If you’re a Christian, remember you are a child of God! (Jn. 1:12) You are loved by no less than the One who Creator.
True, we experience troubles while we’re here on this Earth. Let me give you an illustration:
An old missionary couple had been working in Africa for years and were returning to New York to retire. They had no pension; their health was broken; they felt defeated, discouraged, and afraid.
As the trip began, they discovered they were on the same ship as President Teddy Roosevelt, who was returning from one of his big-game hunting expeditions.
No one paid any attention to them. They watched the fanfare that accompanied the President’s entourage, with passengers trying to catch a glimpse of the great man. As the ship moved across the ocean, the old missionary said to his wife, “Something is wrong.”
“Why should we have given our lives in faithful service for God in Africa all these many years and have no one care a thing about us? Here this man comes back from a hunting trip and everybody makes much over him, but nobody gives two hoots about us.”
“Dear, you shouldn’t feel that way,” his wife said.
He replied “I can’t help it; it just doesn’t seem right.”
When the ship docked in New York, a band was waiting to greet the President. The mayor and other dignitaries were there. The papers were full of the President’s arrival. No one noticed the missionary couple. They slipped off the ship, disappeared in the crowd, and found a cheap flat on the East Side, hoping the next day to see what they could do to make a living in the city.
That night the man’s spirit broke. He said to his wife, “I can’t take this; God is not treating us fairly.” His wife replied, “Why don’t you go in the bedroom and tell that to the Lord?”
A short time later he came out from the bedroom, but now his face was completely different. His wife asked, “Dear, what happened?”
The Lord settled it with me. I told Him how bitter I was that the President should receive this tremendous homecoming, when no one met us as we returned home. And when I finished, it seemed as though the Lord put His hand on my shoulder and simply said;
“You’re not home yet.”
Really, it’s a matter of how we think. When we master our mind and try to think as God thinks, we get a fresh perspective of our lives.
I have a Christian teacher who has, by far, put into words the best thoughts any Christian should have:
In a time marked by constant flux and change, the Lord is my anchor. In a life characterized by uncertainty, waking up every morning knowing I am loved by no less than the God of the universe, is assurance unparalleled.
Master your master and make it a slave for God.