Some commercials are really dumb. Even some of the commercials in recent big time sporting events that cost multi-millions of dollars for a 30 second spot are just, well, dumb.
But have you ever seen a commercial on television (or on line) that really made you think? I believe we all have...those advertising executives do know what they are doing: well, some of the time anyway!
Recently there is a series of commercials that caught my eye. They start with the camera on a person’s feet in the water or sand (like they are at a beach or pool) and, as the camera pans out, you hear a voice say: “Vacation is just a state of mind.” Then the camera reveals the sand or water was in a child’s wading pool and they are really on a rooftop in the city at a company party...or something like that.
The point of these commercials is that by using their product (which I don’t recommend, by the way), you can feel like you are on vacation anywhere.
The point I would like to make is that the mind is a very powerful part of your body. The state of our mind will, in a very real way, determine how we view something: good or bad, positive or negative.
And I believe this is a Biblical way of expressing the power of the mind. In Philippians 4:12, Paul puts it this way:
I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
So, how does he do it? How does Paul manage to be content in any and every situation? How has he trained his mind to be so powerful?
He tells us in Philippians 4:13: “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”
God created your mind. God gave you the ability to use your mind. So when you have to face something hard in your life, remember “It’s just a state of mind” and that YOU “can do all things through Christ who gives you strength.”