Mental Health: Focus and Affirm

In Mind by Caleb

Affirm what’s good, beautiful, true…and what you want to be true. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. Philippians 4:8 My friend Eric taught me to practice affirmations about 10 years ago. He …

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Mental Health: Think About Thinking

In Mind by Caleb

Thinking about your thinking is how you’ll think better thoughts. We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5 Most of life is spent in autopilot. Your brain has learned to do 95% of the thinking in the subconscious, making decisions based on previous data and experience and not bothering you with the details. The …

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Joker: Mental Health

In Mind by Caleb

Reorder your thinking and put peace in first place. “Mental illness is really about a mental ‘disorder’” – John Jolliffe Disorder suggests that something in the mind out of order. Unhelpful and unhealthy thoughts are front and center and helpful and healthy thoughts have fallen by the wayside. Disorder. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let …

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Kingdom VS Tribe

In Heart, Mind by Caleb

The Kingdom is here and now. And you’re in the royal family. “You won’t be able to say, ‘Here it is!’ or ‘It’s over there!’ For the Kingdom of God is already among you.” —Jesus (Luke 17:21) Tribes were the extended family for many generations. Tribe battled against tribe and the fittest survived. Then, people began to rally together and …

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Teach vs Ask

In Mind, Uncategorized by Caleb

Questions are the best teaching tool. Jesus was the master question-asker: * “Who do you say that I am?” (Matthew 16:15)* “What do you want me to do for you?” (Matthew 20:32) Our tendency is to teach—we want to convey our thoughts and ideas in a way that shows we have value and understanding. Jesus did that but didn’t need …

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The Patient Pro

In Mind by Caleb

Whistle—and work hard—while you wait. Just after my time at USC, a quarterback named Matt Cassel arrived on campus. He was there in USC’s Pete Carroll era—the height of Trojan dominance. Cassel played behind two different QB’s that would go on to play in the NFL. Meanwhile, Cassel sat the bench, never starting a single game in his USC career. …

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Superpowers & Captain Hook

In Mind by Caleb

Turn your limitation into a superpower. Nicknames can make or break a person. “Gary the Great” is more empowering than “Goofy Gary,” and will have an impact—for good or bad. (Only call people by empowering names!) Captain Hook is famous for his missing hand and the crude metal tool that replaced it. On the surface, the nickname “Hook” probably started …

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Weakness & Superpowers

In Heart, Mind by Caleb

Make your weakness your superpower. Weaknesses are like magnets that attract others to you. Not neediness, necessarily. We have to have done work on ourselves, surrendering to the work of the Spirit by admitting weakness and inviting strength and connection. But it’s in the admitting, the relating, and the encouraging of others… “I’m not better than… I’m like you… You …

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Fasting

In Body, Mind by Caleb

Fasting is more about being ‘hungry’ than going without. My knees give way from fasting; my body is thin and gaunt. Psalm 109:24 Why would anyone choose to make their body suffer and go without food? Not only do we need food for strength, but we like it for taste. It’s not about losing weight. It’s not about a religious …

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Burn the Ships

In Mind by Caleb

Full speed ahead. But now that you know God—or rather are known by God—how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable forces? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again? Galatians 4:9 When can you be confident that the mission in front of you is going to work—one way or another? When …

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