In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was GodJohn 1:1 KJV
Describe your first “Follow me” moment with Jesus… My first ‘Follow me’ moment came when I was in my early 20’s. I attended the play ‘Heaven’s Gates & Hell’s Flames’ at a local Pentecostal Church and was Saved that day. I realized that I didn’t want an eternity of Hell’s Flames, I wanted ‘Heaven’s Gates’. The play combined with the experience of being, Saved, changed me in more ways than I could have ever imagined. I began attending that church and started changing my life for the better. I wanted to get baptized, I wanted to be ‘Born Again’ in the biblical sense. I have stumbled more than once on my journey of ‘Following Jesus’ but I this time around I am all in.
Which words of Jesus do you cherish most? Psalms 150:6 – NIV “Let everything that has breath Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord.” As a young girl I became familiar with this piece of scripture in a weekly bible study I attended in a neighbours’ home. We did a cross-stitch project with this verse and I have cherished the words ever since. Even during times of trouble or moments of doubt I have always came back to those words and repeated them, bringing me instant calm and peace.
How can you make your own words (particularly on social media) more like Christ’s words? The first thing that comes to mind is Mindfulness… I know what you are thinking, “Does this contradict the Christian faith?” Well in truth if misused it could, but we just have to approach it in a biblical way…
- Mindfulness or grounding is characterized by meditation and relaxation techniques. The idea is to become more self-aware. You pay attention to thoughts, feelings, and sensations in that moment — without purposefully deciding whether they’re good or bad, and without becoming overwhelmed or overly reactive. In short, you tune in to what’s real right now…
- Folks who are skeptical about it often point out its Eastern origins. Common misconceptions are that it, Promotes a one-with-the-cosmos worldview, or Supports emptying the mind (which can leave people exposed to demonic influences). These are valid view points, and Yes secular mindfulness does have you paying attention to yourself. That view point does contradict Scriptures teaching of ‘having the mind of Christ’, but, and I stress the But here, we can turn to Scripture to find what the Bible has to say about calming our minds while keeping our focus on God and Jesus:
- The apostle Paul reminds Christians that they’re called to be mindful and live with an awareness of the present (Philippians 2:1-5).
- Christians shouldn’t let themselves to be distracted by worry about the future (Matthew 6:25-34).
- Prayer is one very practical way Christians apply mindfulness to daily life (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
- Paul tells us to “be transformed” by renewing our minds (Romans 12:2) and to practice God-honoring thoughts (Philippians 4:9).
- Meditation appears in the Bible in the context of spending time studying the Word of God (Psalm 48:9; Psalm 63:6).
- We should look to Jesus and think about true, admirable things (Hebrews 12:2; Philippians 4:8).
- Scripture teaches us to “take every thought captive” (2 Corinthians 10:5).
- In the end you have to decide for yourself whether or not you feel strong enough, both spiritually and mentally, to take on the task of Biblical Mindfulness. This may be something you need to pray about. It may be somethin you want to do with a support system such a bible study group or friend. Mindfulness in a biblical sense can become a wonderful spiritual discipline, you just need to make sure you are donning your Armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18) to help you thwart against the devil’s schemes.
…in terms of how I can use mindfulness while engaging in social media, I need to keep myself mindful of comments that don’t align with the Gospels. I need to ask myself “what would Jesus do?” or “what would Jesus say?” If what I was going to say doesn’t align with ‘right speech’ or ‘right thought’ then I should refrain from saying anything at all.
Jesus should always be at the forefront of our thoughts. We should all strive to reach for his teachings when we are confronted with situations that don’t sit well with us. Biblical Mindfulness is necessary if we are going to navigate the post-covid19 world.