Wait a second.
I decided to follow Jesus. I read the Bible. I go to church. I have been to the retreats, listened to the podcasts, read the books. What gives? Where is the joy? Why does my life still suck?
What the heck? Why am I a Christian, trying to do all the right things, and I am still not happy?
This was my reality for years!
I was a worship leader at my church. Married. House. Decent person. Mom of four. Nice life.
People would ask, as they do, “How are you, Diana?”
“I’m doing great, thanks! How are you?”
I told everyone that I was fine.
Reality? I woke up each morning wishing I didn’t have to get up. Sometimes I had daydreams about running off and hiding in the Arizona desert for months, years, or forever. I don’t even like the Arizona desert.
Reality… I was not great. I was blah. I didn’t know what happy felt like. I was stuck.
I couldn’t figure it out! No matter what I did… blah.
Why do we feel this way even when we are living a good life and trying to do all the right things?
I figured it out! I’ve learned to experience contentment regardless of what is happening around me.
You want the answer? Here ya go…
It’s your brain.
You are very good at managing what you do, what you say, how others see you. But you are neglecting your brain. You are neglecting your thoughts.
Most people think that their thoughts and feelings just happen. Life happens around us, then we have thoughts and feelings about it and there is nothing we can do.
The Bible tells us we will be transformed by the renewing of the mind. One version of the Bible actually rewords it to you will be a new person when you “change the way you think.”
This is great news. This means, you have the power to change the way you feel, change your life, change your story. It all starts in the mind.
I am not saying that we will feel better if we just repeat a bunch of positive mantras we grab off our Instagram feed.
Those positive mantras might make us feel better for a little while, like putting a Band-Aid on a boo boo. But we all know they don’t really solve our problems.
Changing how we think is a process not solved with a meme on Facebook or a clever phrase. We solve our problems when we get serious about managing our thoughts in a practical and result-oriented way. That’s when we discover the possibility of hope, healing, and happy.
I am not blowing smoke here. I don’t do that. This is not just a feel-good post. This is the way to feeling better.
Everyone else is teaching you what to do. You already know what to do. I will not tell you what to do. I will teach you how to manage your mind, and together we will discover what is possible.
Grab my FREE guide to start managing your mind HERE.