originally posted March 23, 2011
“This is the point where it is all mental,” came the yoga instructor’s words. It was time to keep pushing, push through my body’s claim of “too tired” and “that’s enough.” It was time to push beyond the physical experience and use my mind to accomplish more than my body wanted to do.
And it wasn’t only in yoga. Life as of late seems more of a mental game than a physical one. Yes, I go physically through struggles of work, of body, and life. But more-so than anything, it seems that success is not won in the doing of the things–it is won in the mental aspect of it all.
“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ…” –II Corinthians 10″4-5
Success begins with the discipline to take every thought captive. Taking the visceral feelings of being overwhelmed leading to despair, and forcing them into the truth spoken by Jesus:
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” –Matthew 11:28-30
Jesus does not leave us alone in this life. He is yoked to us, sharing the load, and promising rest.
So when the burdens of life seem overwhelming at every turn, when the piles get deeper rather than less, and when the burdens of others get dumped on your doorstep, it is the mental discipline to remember the scriptures that will cut through it all. It is the spiritual discipline to believe the scriptures that will ife up your head. And it is the love of the Father, the fellowship of Jesus, and the comfort of the Holy Spirit that will carry you through.
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rules of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” –Ephesians 6:11-13