It’s been said that showering helps blood circulation. It also eases aching muscles and strengthens your immune system. Of course, the most obvious benefit is getting clean. Fact is, people don’t like being around people who stink. That’s why we shower. Did you know that it’s equally important to wash your mind? I call it brain washing.
How are we supposed to wash our mind?
In Ephesians 5, Paul talks about how Christ has sanctified and cleansed our minds by the washing of the water by the Word, so: “That He [Christ] might present [us] to Himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that [we] should be holy and without blemish. Ephesians 5:27 (KJV)
You see, the word of God can cleanse our minds and free us of negative thinking.
I’ve heard it said that where the mind goes, the man follows. This is so true. Solomon wrote that as a man thinks, so is he. (Proverbs 23:7)
What are you thinking?
I’ve noticed that when my mind is not washed with the word, I begin to think wrong. When I begin to think wrong, I begin to speak wrong. I start saying things like “me” instead of “we.” And that’s just not right! You see, when all we ever think about is “what’s in it for me,” we are counterproductive. Sounds strange, but it’s not.
Going Further Faster
If you want to go further faster, you must truly know how to win friends and influence people. For those who haven’t read Dale Carnegie’s book, allow me to let you in on a little secret… you can’t win friends if all you ever think about is yourself.
Let’s look at the greatest influencer of all time, Jesus Christ. Before He was arrested, Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. He prayed in agony, “not my will, but yours be done” Luke 22:42. Then,“An angel from heaven appeared to Him and strengthened Him.” Luke 22:43 (NIV). Despite what He was getting ready to face, Jesus never allowed thoughts of “what’s in it for me” to consume Himself. Jesus was all about the “we.”
Do you need strength?
From Jesus’ example, we learn that strength comes when we take the focus off ourselves and off of our problems. It’s been said, if we change our thinking, we can change our life, but we can’t do this on our own. That’s why Jesus left His Word and He sent the Holy Spirit to abide within us. Can you hear Him speaking?
When we allow the Holy Spirit to correct our thoughts, then we have strength to correct our spoken words. When we correct our speech, then we can grow into the leaders that God needs us to be. It all starts with a shower!
Today, I encourage you to begin brain washing yourself with the Word. There are 31,173 verses in the Bible. Each verse has the ability to comfort, direct, calm, and motivate. These are God’s words. Through them, He speaks, and He wants to speak to you. Take a few minutes to find out what He is trying to say. Will you listen to him and start right now. Let me know by leaving a comment below!