The Civil Writer Magazine

Rumination refers to the tendency to repetitively think about the causes, situational factors, and consequences of one's negative emotional experience (Nolen-Hoeksema, 1991). Basically, rumination means that you continuously think about the various aspects of a situation that is upsetting because there is no resolve to it.

There is a hymnal that goes, "I woke up this morning with my mind stayed on Jesus"... The question is, why is your mind "stayed" meaning to remain in a specified state or position of mind. If it is a matter of Jesus's goodness, the mind can be at a state of peace because there is nothing to resolve, but if it is a matter of whether Jesus has omniscience, omnipotence and omnipresence characteristics that can become a crippling repetitive factor of the mind because there are no end results or outcomes from the thought. I was once told that seminary students commits suicide more often than medical students because they drive themselves crazy with mind crippling problems. They become hopeless and isolated in their search for knowing God being they cannot partner with like-minded people to find some consolation with each other.

It is not in the pursuit of questioning God that they find themselves unstable but the questioning of their own newly founded theology. You would think it is a matter of beliefs and expectations from those students that keeps their mind stayed on Jesus, but it is in particularly a way of thinking, based on a cognitive-behavior that others like myself have whenever we think too deeply about the science of Jesus rather than his goodness.