My mind used to be a very scary place. I lived with thoughts of doubt, confusion, anger and even suicide. These negative thoughts made it hard for me to give myself permission to rest. When I did, I was backed into a battle over my mind that I could never seem to win. After a long night on the battlefield, I confessed my grief to a friend who recommended meditation. She said, “This practice might bring you peace.” So, I tried it, and in practicing meditation I learned that in order to tap into peace, I have to overcome the negative thoughts that have taken root in my mind.
As Christians, Jesus’ response to the devil’s temptation in the wilderness is a roadmap for us to consider ways to resist mental temptation in our lives. When the devil entices Jesus, Jesus turns his attention to the Lord instead of giving in. We can follow Jesus’ example by keeping our minds focused on God, using God’s word as a weapon, and seeing periods of pain and disarray in our lives as opportunities to practice relying on God’s peace.
The truth is, overcoming the fear of our inner selves can be a scary and daunting task, but in partnership with a practice that keeps our minds stayed on the Lord, there’s no way we can’t see it through. Embody the way of Jesus. Use the Word of God to stay grounded in your thoughts and watch your mind be transformed from a barren wasteland to a beautiful wilderness full of God’s wonder, waiting and ready to be explored.