Mentally tough people understand the law that says “what we think about predominately is what we become”. Critical, judgmental, bitter, poor me, I can’t, It’s to hard, negative thinking turns us into that kind of person. Who wants to be that kind of person. We see those kind of people all around us every day and very few people like to be around them for very long. Mentally tough people take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. In yesterday’s blog I said that there are some disciplines that will have a significant influence in making us tough if we practice them faithfully. The first discipline is memorizing scripture and meditating on it, just thinking about the verse and what it means in our life context. The rewards that are listed in the Bible for faithfully practicing this discipline are incredibly motivational for me.
A second discipline that helps make us very tough mentally is physical exercise. We get a brand new body one of these days, but in the meantime we are stuck in this one that we presently have. How we feel, how much energy we have, how strong we are phisically all have a very significant impact on how we think. I started riding a stationary bike an hour every night because of what it does to keep my Parkinson’s under control, but what I have discovered is that kind of hard exercise gives me a significant increase in self-control in every area of my life, especially in choosing what I will let my mind think about.
Exercise is hard to do, and the choosing to do it everyday results in a strong person physically, but also a strong person mentally. 1 Corinthians 9:25 says, ” I discipline my body and make it my slave”.