no_junk_foodJoel Osteen’s message on this weekend’s program was phenomenal – it was focused on detoxing your mind by going on a “junk food” diet. An excerpt:

 We hear a lot about detoxing our physical bodies today. From all the chemicals, bacteria and pesticides in our foods, it does our body good to go through deep cleanses, riding our bodies of toxins. In the same way, there are all kinds of toxins that can build up in our mind. When we go around dwelling on the wrong thoughts, thinking about what we can’t do, and how somebody hurt us, what someone said we couldn’t do and how we’ll never get ahead, those thoughts are toxic thoughts. And toxic thoughts left alone become like toxic waste. It will eventually contaminate our whole life. It affects our self-image. It affects our attitude, our level of confidence. It becomes a part of who we are.

That’s why it says in Proverbs 4:23, “Above all else guard your heart for it affects everything you do.” The writer is saying make guarding your mind a priority. Put this at the top of your “To Do” list because if your mind gets polluted, your whole life is going to be polluted. Every morning when we get up, we should go through this cleansing and detoxing. Forgive the people that have hurt us. Let go of every disappointment. Detox the low self-esteem. Detox the negative words. Detox little dreams. If you will guard your mind and not let these toxic thoughts take root, but instead keep it full of faith filled thoughts,  you’re going to rise higher and higher into new levels with God.

What I love about Joel’s message is that they are so simple, yet so profound. They are “no, duh” yet it’s SO EASY to fall into the traps he warns against, like negative thoughts – aka toxins – that have a way of affecting everything we do. Being negative is the easy thing to do and being strong and positive is harder, and not as natural as to just give up. So, listening to that message last night as I was trying to get my mind ready for the work week, it’s yet another reminder to stay positive, stay strong and don’t let the little things bog you down.

As Joel says – don’t be a victIM, be a victOR.