A Healthy Mind

There is a lot said today about improving our health by developing habits of optimism, whether facing difficult medical diagnosis or a pile of dirty dishes. We should attempt activities that build joy, gratitude, love and other positive feelings. It is known, however, that more is required than a general wish for good feelings. A strong conviction is needed that there is a source of joy, peace, and love upon which we can depend.

Psalms 37:1-8 gives positive actions we can take as an antidote to pessimism and discouragement. Mood boosters such as: Trust in the Lord, do good, dwell in the land, feed on His faithfulness (v.3); delight in the Lord (v.4); commit your way to the Lord, trust in Him (v.5); rest in the Lord, wait patiently for Him, do not fret (v.7); cease from anger, forsake wrath (v.8) Because they are connected to the phrase "in the Lord," those directives are more than wishful thinking or unrealistic suggestions. It's because of Jesus and in His strength, that they become possible.

When there is bad and tragic news, our hope is the god news of Jesus.

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