<<mental diversion, avoidance>>

In the drudgery or hassles of life, when hurt or emotionally drained, we can either fall prey to self-pity or else visualize more pleasant circumstances, free of what currently restricts or holds us confined. Do I withdraw into isolation, indulge in wrong thoughts, words, actions, eating habits or other destructive vices when feeling down?  Aimless shopping, drink, pornography, video games and being workaholics are some of the common means people use to try to find relief by disassociating from the unpleasant aspects of life. It is also a tendency of humanity to try to drown out the conviction of our conscience and the Holy Spirit through busyness.

At those devastating times when you think the bottom has fallen out of your world, keep your thoughts under control and don’t let your standards slip for at such times you are especially vulnerable to Satan’s attacks. Do not resort to negativism or unrealistic fantasies, rather encourage yourself in the Lord, reminding yourself that He is your

Life must be faced – take steps to                  either change or accept it

Saviour and promised never to leave you, plus heaven will soon be your everlasting home (1 Sam 30:6; Jn 14:2; 2 Cor 10:5; 1 Tim 4:10; Heb 13:5). The Bible instructs us to guard our heart and by turning our attention to what is uplifting our whole outlook on life will change for the better (Prov 4:23, 23:7).

The best solution to "Why are you downcast, O my soul" is "Put your hope in God" (Ps 42:11). Let God change you by the way you think as you master your emotions in Jesus' name (Rom 12:2; 2 Cor 12:9).

See also: fantasy, moods, realism, self-pity, thinking/thoughts, visualisation.

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