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Ruling our minds

2019-02-10 09:10
Pastor’s letter (759) 2019. February 10

Ruling our minds

I think one of the hardest things in the world is to control my mind.
If moving other person's mind is hard, I should at least be able to control my mind,
which is very difficult. First, how should I live my life? What kind of person do I want to be?
Who do I rely on? The problem is not being able to determine the direction of my life.
David was happy because he appointed the direction of life to God.
“My heart, O God, is steadfast; I will sing and make music with all my soul.”(Psalm 108: 1).

The second is knowing who I should fight.
In general, people want to compete with others experiencing the pain of human relations,
and to win by doing their job better than others. However, the most important fight is
a fight with myself. We realize that it is most important for me to win the fight with myself.
In the movie , the coach tells Kim Deuk-Gu, who dreams of becoming a world
champion, that he "Stand in front of the mirror. Boxers spend more time in front of mirrors
than Miss Korea. Because you are the one whom you have to fight. In the future you will fight
the man in the mirror in front of your eyes. You only need to beat one guy, and that is you.”

The third is how to overcome people's criticism.
Even if I draw a picture, I get an evaluation, and even if I sing a song in a karaoke room,
the score comes out. When I write my thesis, I get criticism from professors.
If this is scary, we cannot do anything. But there is not only sound criticism, but also many criticisms
that are worthless that just harm our minds, so we should ignore or filter out these.
Popeye Lee Sang-Yong went to visit the 107-year-old grandfather.
“There were a lot of people who tortured you and made it hard for you to be 107 years old.
How did you endure it?” Then he said “I just let them be, and now they are all dead.”
A person who lives a longer life is the winner. Sometimes, there are people who condemn God.
Will he/she live longer than God?

The fourth is to be careful that the energy of our mind is not consumed in worthless things.
William Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army, traveled extensively. His wife wrote a letter,
concerned about her husband.
"Remember that the long, constantly holy endeavor of life produces twice as much fruit than
a short, destroyed life that uses up excessive strength. Be careful and spare your strength
when and where you do not have to use your strength.” She was truly a wise woman.

We must not commit the foolishness of wasting our lives by interfering or gossiping others' affairs.
It does not matter. Anselm Grün said, "Why is it that people who go slowly often arrive faster?
This person is not driven crazy by something, but is focused on what is important. "
("Happy Evening", Wisdom House p.44)