No doubt you’ve heard the statement “mind over matter.” And although this isn’t true in every situation if you’re trying to lose weight and get healthier, what you think about is incredibly important.
If you keep thinking about how you failed last night when you gave in to that ice cream craving, then you’re going to have all kinds of guilty feelings.
If you’re constantly thinking about what you’ll have for your next snack or meal, then you’re literally stirring up your cravings.
If you think about how much you dread exercising, then it will be a lot harder to follow through with it.
As you can see, your thoughts really matter and often affect not only how you feel but also what you do.
Colossians 3:2 says to “ set your mind on things above, not on earthly things.” This can be especially challenging since we live on the earth, right?
We have jobs to do, families to take care of, responsibilities to fulfill, meals to prepare, houses to clean … and the list goes on. These are all “earthly things” that need our attention, of course, but our minds need to be “set on things above.”
We set our minds on “things above” when we consider God’s purposes and plans… when we see ourselves the way He sees us … when we love and serve others. Seeking God’s Kingdom and His righteousness first means lining up our thoughts and priorities with His. And since our bodies are the Holy Spirit’s temple, God wants us to honor Him by honoring our bodies.
Notice that your mind is supposed to be set on something … so it’s about redirecting earthly thoughts to heavenly ones. When it comes to your wellness journey, how do you set your mind on things above instead of on earthly things?
- Seek God’s will regarding your food and beverage choices. Ask Him to give you wisdom, and join Doctors Best Weight Loss to help you reach your goals.
- Practice mindfulness by intentionally noticing your thoughts. When your thoughts are negative or self-defeating, replace them with positive thoughts and gratitude.
- Distance yourself from people or things that discourage you or make you feel defeated.
- Practice Philippians 4:8 by choosing to think about “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable … excellent or praiseworthy.”
- Remember that your thoughts often become your actions, so think about what you’re thinking about!
Now don’t get me wrong. Of course, you need to think about what you’re eating and drinking and about being active, and you need to have a plan.
But obsessing over these things is not setting your mind on things above. As with just about everything in life, it’s about balance and about doing things with the right motivations.
Understand that when your thoughts are fixed on heavenly things, earthly things won’t have such a hold on you and won’t matter as much. Prioritizing the things of heaven in your mind will give you the strength to stick to your health plan and make better choices at the moment too.
So it’s not so much about “mind over matter” but about aligning your thoughts with things above while being responsible with earthly things.