Bible Studies for Life Lesson for February 28- How Can You Keep from Losing Your Mind?
February 10 2010 by A. Shane Nixon, Director of Church and Community Relations, Baptist Retirement Homes

Focal Passages: 2 Corinthians 10:3-5; Ephesians 6:10-17

With the state of health care in this country “in flux” at best, and with care for those with mental health difficulties not even at that nebulous position, how to keep from losing one’s mind might be a better question to ask now than ever!

Of course, 2000 years ago it was spiritual health that had Paul’s attention as he wrote to churches in Corinth and Ephesus.

In both cases of the focal passages, Paul uses a war analogy to make his point.

In the Corinthian passage he speaks of captives and strong holds. In the familiar Ephesians verses he talks of the “armor of God.”

As relevant today as then, the question of how a Christian keeps his mind in a trying age is a good one.

The war, clearly, rages on.

There are more things than ever that vie for our attention.

From multi-media outlets like the Internet and TV, to talk spheres like radio and instant messaging, our minds are a spiritual battlefield.

Keeping our focus and not letting our concentration stray from Christ is difficult.

But we are empowered with God’s resources, as Paul points out.

I ran cross-country in high school for one season.

My coach is a legend in track/cross-country coaching circles and he taught me many wonderful things.

Maybe the best was a method to retain a mental edge. 

He told me simply to run for a tree.

To be more precise, he told me to pick out a tree, somewhere in the distance, amidst all the other things I saw, and then, at all costs “run to the tree.” Focus and just run to the tree. I asked what happened when I got “to the tree” and found I wasn’t at the finish line. His answer was so predictable and obvious I am almost ashamed I asked. He said “pick out another tree.”

Fortunately, we never have to change our focal point. We must simply focus on God and run toward being like Him.
2/10/2010 3:19:00 AM by A. Shane Nixon, Director of Church and Community Relations, Baptist Retirement Homes | with 0 comments

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