A Seasonal Mindset? A particular mindset can overcome barriers and push beyond the boundaries of reality. However, there are specific needs we need to survive and grow in this spiritually desolate world. Some of these needs are not tangibles, such as food, shelter, and clothing. Food, shelter, and clothing are essential for the outer part of us; however, some needs are required for the internal component.
The mind is often underrated compared to the brain. People have this misconception that they are the same. You will find these words used interchangeably based on the premise that they function as such. The brain is held within a physical form as the mind has no physical representation despite its location. It is equivalent to comparing the body and soul.
The Power of the Mind
So powerful, it has the resources to set the captive free, the ability to break the chains of addiction, the power to retain and analyze data through various platforms. Yet, it can make you a captive, subjecting you to undesirable behaviors and social deviancy. It can shape your life in so many ways, and despite its power, it is vulnerable to the poisons of the natural human perversions and is prone to secular injury. The human mind is one of the most potent elements in this vast universe. Perchance the reason why evil primarily attacks the mind to plant seeds of doubt in spiritual warfare. “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)
Believe that the mind can travel beyond the corridors of this world with a quadrillion neuron within its arsenal! Yet, it cannot reach the heels of its creator! You can physically be here on earth as your mind travels through time and space. When we focus on seeking GOD, His love, and become Christ-minded, you will find peace even during turbulent situations. “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7)
Season Change and So Do We
As Earth has seasons, so do our lives. Every season has a purpose, various stages, attributes, and representations. Each season has its strengths and personality trademarks. As His creation, we must understand that our souls are uniformed like seasonal applications. Our thought processes and emotional intelligence are like seasons continually changing. Seasons change with purpose and symmetry; everything has a purpose. From the decisions we make to the people we meet; they all play a part within GOD’s intelligent design. “To everything, there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
To many, the fall represents the initial stages of plant life’s imminent death. The leaves of trees that have endured perhaps centuries of environmentalism begin to fall. Winter represents a cold, dead, and stagnant life. It represents death on occasion. Nearly all plant life and some mammals cannot tolerate the violent retaliation this season delivers. Conceivably, this perhaps the reason why it is the least appreciated season by humankind. Groundhogs and bears hibernate throughout the season, as many of us do physically and spiritually. The Spring represents new life and new beginnings. The leaves on the tree birth and begin to grow; plants and flowers start to blossom. Insects are busy with new-found determination as they build new colonies in concert.
The summer represents endurance. There are various struggles associate with this hot, humid season which tends to aggravate any underlying medical condition. This season breeds undesirable behaviors, especially within our youth. As all the seasonal attributes have different interpretations and representations, we have ours. Have you noticed that your life has moments of ebb and flow, wax and wane, peaks and valleys? The cycle of life will always consist of ups and downs. “He makes the moon wax and wane, putting it through its phases. He draws the horizon out over the ocean, sets a boundary between light and darkness.” (Job 26:9-10)
Three Innate Needs
The ability to conquer adversity and grow is contingent on the mindset of the facilitator. The capacity for interpersonal, professional, and spiritual growth is fostered within the season’s realm the mind has embraced. The three innate needs are purpose, love, security. Many spent a lifetime seeking meaning, trying to understand, and even contemplate the reason for their existence. What is human existence without the concept of love? By design, we need this incredible experience, which fosters a sense of self-worth and fulfillment. Security manufactures stability without apprehension or reservation – when weaponized by positive determination, it can bring much growth and results.
Seasons change, so do our lives and mindset. This is also especially true when it relates to our faith and prayer life. Some days we can feel the Spirit and fire during prayer; there are times we feel as we are alone and empty. Some days our prayers seem to be more powerful than others. However, when we have a strong relationship with God, we are never alone. Live life with a Spring mentality despite whatever seasonal dilemmas you may encounter. There will be occasional April showers, be comfortable with it for it is just for a season and it shall pass. Your mindset should always reflect Spring despite the forecast of life.
Rev. Kelmy Rodriquez Th.D.
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