Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to your care. Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, which some have professed and in so doing have wandered from the faith. – 1 Timothy 6:20-21

Defective Mind

The other day I spoke with a very bright thirty-five-year-old man. . . a microbiologist, nuclear physicist. . . well, he has the degree to be a microbiologist, nuclear physicist. Instead, he’s a postal worker who comes home to an empty house everyday. This man suffers from social anxiety. He’s uncomfortable every moment he’s around others. And he’s miserable.

Now, I’m all for us feeling good about ourselves and being grateful for the gifts that God’s given us. But in the midst of our happy talk, we need to accept that to some degree or another we each have a sick mind. So sick that microbiologists end up delivering mail. Wealthy people shoplift. Healthy people gain 180 pounds. And counselors end up in inappropriate relationships with those they wanted to help.

Our sick minds won’t lead us to a place of health and wholeness. You have to reach beyond what’s in your head, and reach out for the help you need. Reach out to God. Reach out to others. Be attentive to what the Holy Spirit is saying, in your thought life and in the circumstances of your life. Be responsible and do something!

– Steve Arterburn

Of all the needs (there are none imaginary) a lonely child has, the one that must be satisfied, if there is going to be a hope of wholeness, is the unshaken need for an unshakable God. – Maya Angelou