When it comes to psychology and the functional nature of human beings, I find that the scriptures and in particular the ideas brought forth by Jesus to be very clear in describing us.
Imagine with me a wedding. You’re sitting in the audience all dressed up to witness the joining of two people together. You hear distinctly the vows that they made for each other and they seal it with a kiss. The event has ended and it’s off to the party room. The entire day was one for the books. There will be great memories.
The couple looks like they enjoy each other. They were so happy.
A couple months later, they are filing for divorce and are noticeably unhappy with each other. What happened??
I’m no psychologist but I want to point out a clear function of us humans. I understand this function from scriptures and I understand it from the work of cognitive behavioral therapists.
Let’s see what Jesus points out about our functional nature. In the Gospel of Mark chapter 7 verses 20-23, Jesus implies something, read it…
20 And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man.
21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,
22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye [greed], blasphemy, pride, foolishness:
23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.
Now, I’m not suggesting that anything in that list is the reason for why the marriage dissolved for my imaginary couple above but I do want to point out an implication for what our nature is like when functioning.
1). Notice that the labels in the scripture (ex. lust, thefts, greed etc.) aren’t on the physical behavior, they’re on the thought. That means that your behavior doesn’t define the act, it merely manifests it.
It’s almost like your thoughts are a definite spiritual act then your body decides whether or not it wants to commit to it or not. Commitment is the bodily response and alignment to a spiritual act (i.e. thoughts).
So if that is the case, my question for the married couple would be…did you really commit to your vows? Or did you secretly (cause no person can see your inner thoughts) have some other spiritual act to commit to?
Our minds are always shooting out thoughts, but that doesn’t mean that we have to commit to all of them.
Here’s a question for student-athletes (or any person for that matter). What have you been committed to? What are you committed to now? And, when the new school year begins what do you think you will be committed to then?
Do you want to know how to find out? Get a daily planner and write down what you do daily and by the end of the week you’ll know what you’re committed to!
Commitment is in physical action not thought, but the thought itself is the strongest thing of all. The thought as the source action (a spiritual action), has power over what you can commit to. This is the reason you should fill your mind purposefully with positive encouragements, hopeful thoughts, justice thoughts, or optimistic outlooks towards your plan of action.
Because you can only commit to what’s in your mind, and if what’s in there is always beneficial to remaining dedicated, you have a better chance of being dedicated to what began as a thought you could be committed to.
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