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God wants His children to be healthy in every area of their lives — emotionally, spiritually, and physically — says Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren who lists three ways people can safeguard their mental health.
In a devotional posted earlier this month, Warren, who's also the author of the book Purpose Driven Church, said that in order to be mentally healthy, one must focus their mind on the right things, adding: “Your mind is your greatest asset and the greatest battleground.”
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The pastor then shared three things Christians should focus on to increase their mental health, the first being Jesus.
“You’ve heard the saying, ‘You become what you think about most,’” he said. “If you want to become more like Jesus, you have to fill your thoughts with him.”
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Second, he advised Christians to think about others, pointing to Philippians 2:4, “Don’t just think about your own affairs, but be interested in others, too, and in what they are doing” (TLB).
“Do you realize how countercultural that is?” he asked. “Our world teaches you to think about yourself and nobody else. But Jesus was countercultural, and when you think about Him, you’ll more naturally think of others.”
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Finally, the pastor recommended thinking about eternity, citing 1 Corinthians 2:9: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.”
“When you start focusing on truths like that, all of your problems seem inferior compared to the glory, the joy, and the pleasure of the things awaiting us in eternity,” he said. “Ask God to help you make the choice every day to feed on God’s Word, free your mind of destructive thoughts, and fill your mind with Jesus, others, and eternity. Then you’ll have won the battle.”
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