Mind Sermon Illustrations

Mind Sermon Illustrations

Small minds discuss persons.
Average minds discuss events.
Great minds discuss ideas.—Sister Mary Lauretta, This Week Magazine

We all know and love the word "landscape." Someone has proposed a similar word, "Mindscape." That would mean a view of the mind, what a mind thinks about, what it desires most, the language it uses, the visions it has. It is a good word to think about.—Halford Luccock, Christian Herald

Broad-mindedness is the result of flattening high-mindedness out.

It wouldn't hurt so much to become angry, except that, for some reason, anger makes your mouth work faster than your mind.

In one of his most famous sermons, Harry Emerson Fosdick tells of a young invalid who wrote to her friend, "At first, I thought somehow to make the best of it, but now I am planning to make the most of it." Make the most of scrubbing a floor or ironing a basketful of laundry? Why not? While your hands are performing those routine tasks, your mind is free for excursions. It can go anywhere and do anything under the sun—mellow you with memories or intrigue you with plans for the future.

I have no glittering examples to set before you, but I will wager that more than one timesaving appliance now considered indispensable in your kitchen was invented by a woman with her hands in dishwater.—Hugh B. Cave

"The brain is a wonderful organ; it starts working the moment you get up in the morning, and does not stop until you get into the office."—Robert Frost

Every mind is different; and the more it is unfolded the more pronounced is that difference.—Emerson, Essay on Quotations and Originality

Mental Diet Tips

From Paris comes the assertion, the definite declaration, that to diet mentally is just as important as counting calories. Martha Burger announced this at her health headquarters on the Rue de Richelieu:

"France's most popular 'guerisseuse' (healer) whose famous clients range from singing star Lucienne Boyer to bike-racing champion Jacques Anquetil, offers the following mental diet for 1962:

  1. Avoid horror and heartbreak films.

  2. Don't listen to disturbing gossip.

  3. Pay no attention to menaces of our times.

  4. Don't talk during meals.

  5. If you are nervous, don't watch TV while eating.

  6. Avoid anger, hate and bitterness.

  7. Don't live in a tense or depressing atmosphere.

  8. Flee ugliness and bathe in beauty.

  9. Learn to know yourself, and you can be free from all that is unpleasant.

But more helpful to me than these tips are these blessed words from God's Word:

For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly (Psalm  84:11).

Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved (Psalm 55:22).

Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you (I Peter  5:7).

Therefore, I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? (Matthew 6:25,26).

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28).

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