Lately, there has been an emphasis to help teenagers cope with the anxiety all around them today. Most health professionals are blaming much of this anxiety on COVID-19, which may be a part of it, but I think it goes much deeper.
For some time, I have believed that when we fail to take care of one area of our human make up, the other elements of who we are also suffers. For example, if we feed our souls with the nourishment of the Word of God but don’t eat or exercise, we will eventually lose the desire to be fit. Many of us take for granted that our health will always be there, but inadequate body maintenance is critical for good thinking and overall body health. Teenagers by and large don’t eat well and take their health for granted. They think because they are young nothing will really ever affect them. Yet, all bodies require proper sleep and nutrition and it is easy to get into bad habits that are harmful to our whole being.
The Scriptures talk about body, mind, and spirit … all three work together, the trifecta, as they say. You cannot neglect one without affecting the others. There is a saying that says: “You are what you eat.” If what you put into your mind is unhealthy, you think unhealthy thoughts. Pornography is an example of unhealthy images that will give you the wrong idea of women and how to treat them. God created the mind to think on things that bring out the best in life, to influence people to do good and not evil.
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
Thinking right is the first step in changing one’s life. Our culture has an agenda much like the propaganda experienced in more controlled societies. The agenda is conformity to an idea that will bring us all together in a much safer world … no bad police, no bad oppressive people, no bad people who refuse to comply with a health directive by the government. If conformity is what they are after a pandemic is a perfect storm to accomplish the first stage of this one-size-fits-all thinking. Freedom is for individuals who want to be free to think and act according to the dictates of the heart. We continue to see how the left loves to censor free thinking on their platform. Facebook decides what is true and what is not, and if they feel that if you post something that is not consistent with their liberal standard of thinking, then you are sanctioned. We are being squeezed by our culture to conform. We cannot give up the right to fight back … it begins when we reject their thinking and support the thinking that comes from God in His Word. The world is toxic in its thinking, and if something toxic is going into your mind, it will also be toxic coming out from your mind.
Our souls are where we live out our personalities, our willpower, and where our God-consciousness is renewed. Our soul is the part of us that will live forever and is the foundation of our being. God wants us to know Him and this is where God resides when the Holy Spirit lives within us. We talk about God/Jesus coming into our hearts … this is what is meant when we pray the prayer of salvation. Again, body, mind, and soul are connected seamlessly and they all work in unison. That is why if we neglect any one of them, we are neglecting the others as well. This is why the Scripture teaches that the Word of God is more than just literature … it feeds the soul:
Matthew 4:4 Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.
The discipline that it takes to know God allows Him to make changes in our thinking, in our behavior, and in our practices in personal living. Body, mind, and spirit all need His work in us to bring us to being a whole person with a determination that we feed all three.
So, how do we refresh body, mind, and soul? There is a simple formula for it and here it is: “Only put the best into your body, mind, and soul.” Never use anything but the best and it will be a discipline of yours to make this happen.
Mind: Put the best into it, don’t watch, don’t read, don’t participate in things that will rot your thinking. Turn off the television! It is rotting the minds of Americans. There are few if any television programs that will feed your mind with the best.
Body: Don’t eat junk, stay steady on what is the best food for your body. Stay heavy on the greens, fruits, fish, and proteins. Stay clear of sugars, processed foods, and unhealthy snacks. Keep a routine of activity, workouts, walking, do anything that keeps you mobile. The older you get the more important this becomes.
Soul: Put the best into your soul. Only one thing feeds your soul … the Word of God. Of all your disciplines, prayer, and Bible reading is critical for bringing health into your soul. An empty, starving soul will affect your outlook, your perception, and your decision-making. We are spiritual beings as much as we are physical beings, and your soul needs your help in getting what it needs.
Remember: “Only put the best into your body, mind, and soul.” Put that on your refrigerator or on your bathroom mirror to remind yourself of it!
Challenging the Culture with Truth … Larry Kutzler