Love Thyself: Guarding the Mind

If someone is sick and overweight and loses 100 pounds to get healthy, they can’t stop there and simply go back to old lifestyle habits.  They need to maintain their weight loss and health.

Likewise, once you eliminate unhealthy thought patterns and create new ways of thinking, you need to earnestly guard your mind.

Proverbs 4:23 declares, “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.”

This doesn’t have to be hard at all, if you are filling your mind with scripture and truth on a daily basis and are putting necessary boundaries in place.

For quite awhile, as I was fighting my way out of an eating disorder, I chose to unfollow models and fitness gurus that I was following on Instagram.  In addition, I also stopped listening to certain music and watching certain TV shows and movies.

I wanted to get better as quickly as possible, and taking out any negative influences while I was healing was the quickest way.

A physical wound heals best when it is in a sterile environment, and I wanted to create that sort of environment for my emotional wounds.

I would recommend putting in place practices and boundaries that will help and not hinder you, and staying in a community of people who love you enough to not only encourage you, but to also ask you hard questions and keep you accountable.

As I tie up the three part blog posts on healthy identity, I will leave you with this:

“Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.

12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.

14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,

15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.

16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one;

17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

– Ephesians 6:10-17

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