What are you nurturing today?
One form of nurturing is a mother caring for her child.
A mother nurtures her child by keeping a close eye on all its activities to be sure all needs are met. If the child cries for help, mom will be there. If the child complains of hunger, mother will bring food. If the child crawls up in mom’s lap for a nap, mother will snuggle the child and let it rest in peace.
You may not be a mother caring for a child, but there are likely other objects of thought that you are nurturing. Some may be healthy, and others not so healthy.
For instance, are you nurturing an emotional wound, a bad habit, a negative attitude or an illness? Resentment, excessive eating, pessimism, preoccupation with disease, are examples.
As a devoted mother dotes over her child, the human mind often gives too much attention to mortal attitudes and beliefs that should be starved rather than fed.
If we constantly ruminate over an injustice rather than find our spiritual peace about it, we are nurturing it and perpetuating its existence in our experience. If we keep thinking about what we’re going to eat next, we may be nurturing excessive consumption of food rather than experiencing genuine spiritual satisfaction in the moment we’re in. If we keep examining the body for disease and worry about what we see, we’re likely nurturing disease in thought rather than eliminating it and preparing mind and body for healing.
It’s wise to examine our thought and determine what we are nurturing.
What are you feeding with your attention? Are you focused on the good and healthy or that which is not so? You can make a choice. You do make a choice. Make a wise one!
Choose to nurture the good and the true with God. Choose to side with what is in your best interest to experience.
Nurture the spiritual truth about you and your neighbor and experience more of God’s love and goodness on a more regular basis.
“Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.” Phil. 4:8-9, NLT.