So you want to know my opinion on what humans desire most, huh?
I am guessing that is why you clicked on this post or maybe you stumbled across it by accident. Anyways, here is my take or my belief of what human beings – that means me and you – desire most in life.
Money? No. Power? No. Happiness? In a way – yes.
But the real answer to me is a peace of mind.
Whether we say it verbally or not, we all want a peace of mind. I mean look at the world and how popular alcohol, weed, sex, money and all those things are. There is something more to all of those desires if you really look deep. Yes, they all could be used to fill voids in our lives such as sex being a hopeful substitute for love not being given to us in our childhood but there’s more. At least to me there is.
Life for all of us is tough. It either was in the past or it is tough for you now. I kind of talked on it a bit in my last post.
We see Job in the Bible lose it all. His family, home, livestock, etc. As the readers we are taken aback by how low he must of felt to lose all those wonderful things. We may see the loss of the family, livestock and home as a big blow. But there is something even greater that was taken away from Job.
In my opinion at least.
Job’s mind. Remembering the good times is most likely what caused Job even greater suffering. The joy he had remembered in his mind, now was clouded with utter sadness and despair. Remembering how life used to be. Even cursing the day he was born (Job 3:1).
Though Job’s story was extreme, we have all been through some extent suffering in our lives. Some greater than others. If it hasn’t arrived yet, it is on it’s way. But suffering isn’t bad if you know what to do with it. Better yet – who to lean on when it happens.
That being God and Jesus.
He can help you not just get through the tough times, but grow through the tough times as you lean on Him. You may think the battle is external with your parents fighting, your ex breaking up with you or you losing your job, but no. The battle is really internal.
How do you think Jesus was able to endure so much pain and cling so tightly to God through it all? Do you think it was by accident that God sent Jesus into the broken world we live in to be tempted and experience pain like me and you? No.
Jesus went through it all just like me and you.
And how did He make it through? He kept His focus and mind on the prize. The prize being God and our Ultimate Home in heaven.
Jesus didn’t allow his mind to get fixated on the values of the world, but more so the people. Jesus knew He had a job to do, so He didn’t allow the world to cloud His mind with their values, but continued to remember whom He valued and who valued Him, which was His Father – our Father – in heaven.
“They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.”
-John 17:16 (New International Version)
Jesus had His mind focused on what was above and unseen and not what was in front of Him. For all the pain He had to endure on earth that was in front of Him was only temporary, but what was above and unseen was forever.
“For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”
-2 Corinthians 4:17-18 (English Standard Version)
So if we stop and truly ask why it is we struggle with pornography or alcohol or weed or anything else that doesn’t align with what God wants for us, the answer will for certain align with a peace of mind.
We are searching for a “high” to give our mind a boost when it feels low. When our mind recalls not feeling loved as a child or when people ignore us and our mind can’t seem to shake it or even when you are having a great day, but your mind reminds you of alcohol to make it even “better,” it is all your mind. Your mind wants a high. Your mind wants to feel good.
All our minds do. But those temporary fixes are exactly that – temporary.
If we lean on God’s Word daily, just a chapter a day, He will show us a way out. A permanent way out.
He will teach us why it is we cling so hard to our “addictions” and what is holding us back. But we have to start by akwnowledging our mind and the power of it. Our minds run our whole body. When someone is brain dead, there only hope is God reviving them. That’s it. That is just how powerful the mind is.
So we need to take care of our minds by bringing them back to the One who created them. Bringing them to God’s Word to help mold, strengthen, heal, guide, and protect them amongst so many other things.
God put this on my mind because I have been staying in His Word everyday even when nobody is watching or seems to care. Just like Job did after he lost it all. He questioned God, was frustrated with God, but at the end of the day he stayed close to God. And in turn, he was blessed double time in the end.
Stay close to God and watch not only how He transforms your mind, but brings peace to your mind. The peace you have been searching for your whole life, but may not have even realized.
“Do not be conformed to this present world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may test and approve what is the will of God—what is good and well-pleasing and perfect.”
-Romans 12:2 (New English Translation)
P.S. I started a vlog of my journey to mental health if you want to check it out. Here is a link.