In today’s society, we often believe that it is acceptable to skip certain fundamentals of living a healthy lifestyle. We don’t eat properly, exercise regularly or get enough rest. We’ve become accustomed to running the rat race—eating, sleeping and working on the run. But when we let work, friends and even our families consume us, we end up feeling tired and overwhelmed. This is because we don’t put first things first in our lives.
Many of us suffer the same consequences spiritually. We often neglect companionship with our heavenly Father and His Word, which leaves us frustrated, depressed and confused. The ailments of life are often indicators that something is wrong with us spiritually. Instead of hurrying through life, desperately beating yourself up and suffering from one failure to the next, you should rearrange your priorities. This is the time to back up, slow down and do things in the right order.
Strengthening your personal relationship with God is the only way to renew your mind and overcome your shortcomings. If you could have done it yourself, you would have done it already! “Right acting” will not necessarily produce “right thinking,” but right thinking will produce right actions. So how do you develop right thinking? By getting your mind lined up with the One Who created it.
In Galatians 5:16, Paul offers this advice: “…Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.” In our daily lives, we fulfill the lust of the flesh when we hurry, worry and attempt to do everything ourselves, skipping the vital time we need to develop a relationship with God. It is only when we get our minds lined up with God and His Word that we truly put first things first.
Suppose you decide to take a “fun break” at home one evening, and you play around in the mud with your dog. Then you realize that you need to get ready for bed because you’ve got to go to work the next morning. What if you skip taking a bath and go straight to bed? Everything that you touch will be covered with mud the next morning! Obviously, this type of backward thinking is unreasonable. You know that cleanliness is a necessity. Think of God as your soap and water. You must draw closer to Him to overcome the mess you’ve made in your life (James 4:8).
Doing things backwards is just as detrimental to your health physically as it is spiritually. Romans 12:2 says, “...be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.” Renewing your mind with God’s Word is the key to having a healthy spiritual life. To acquaint yourself with Him you must do the research. Worrying about problems will not make them go away. Jesus said in Matthew 6:33 that you should seek the kingdom of God first, and He will make sure that you get the things you need.