My youngest son just moved to Austin, TX about two months ago. He’s 26, and though he’s lived on his own while here in Hawaii, this is the first time he’s moved away from family and friends. He’s doing what young men do, finding himself, making new friends, figuring out how to do life, and sometimes he gets lonely and depressed. This week was one of those weeks, where he was struggling with anger and depression. Whenever I dealt with life’s lows, I hated when someone would say “Give it to God!” or “It will all work out!” as if a magic wand would be waved and all my booboos were better. So I don’t like to do that to my kids either.
Now that I’m learning that there really is a real chemical dependency on whatever thoughts you dwell on (the neurons the fire together wire together), I have a really clear visual on what happens when you hang on to negative thoughts, so I suggested to my son to focus on all the new adventures he is having and will have instead of what he left behind (which wasn’t making him happy either. See the pattern?) I told him about the chemical addiction that happens when you keep feeding your mind with junk thoughts, and shared Dr. Joe’s Ted Talk (cause I really like the visuals he used!) to show that I wasn’t making it up. He’s also a strong believer in Christ, so I shared the verse that totally validates what we are learning.
Phil 4:8 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.
I can only say that even though I applied to be in the MKMMA course because I wanted to grow my business, what I am learning is affecting my family relationships as well. The very next day, my son was a new man. Totally re”newed”. I praise God for every lesson I am learning and for how I myself, am becoming a new creation in Christ.