Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed - 1 Peter 1:13 NIV
Today's post is courtesy of my youngest son Connor. I asked Connor what should I write about today and he responded 'write about how hard it is to get up in the morning to do something.' I told him that I would to it (with God's help, we can do it). Connor and his brother have to get up at 6 every morning in order to get ready for school. Some mornings are more difficult than others. I asked Connor how does he get prepared to get up in the morning to do something (in his words). He looked at me and said that he would have to lay in the bed an extra few minutes, but the main thing that helped him was "getting his mind right". As he and his brother got in the bus, I thought, he is definitely on to something here. A 12 year old had just boiled down into a few words what it takes to accomplish goals. Aside from his advice of laying down for a few extra minutes, his point of getting your mind right before starting on your goals or dreams is spot on.
What goals or dreams do we have that appear too difficult to accomplish? Do we look at them and throw our hands up in despair because they are just too hard and we feel that we don't have what it takes to be successful? I know that this has happened to me on a number of occasions. What has worked for me and will work for you is focusing on the space between our ears. I have found that once I approached whatever it was that I was doing with a proper mindset, wonderful things started to happen. The tasks were less daunting and things seem to become a little easier to do. All of this started when I worked on my mind and focused on the abilities that God provided me.
The scripture today speaks to this same process. Peter speaks about girding up your mind to prepare for energetic action. Of course, he was referring to the spread of the Gospel along with properly training and exercising your mind to fight the persecution and distractions of the way of the world. In the same way, we need to prepare our minds properly to accomplish our God given tasks and purposes while we are here on earth. This means to be focused on the process and not be concerned by the frivolous things that the enemy places before you to distract you from your purpose. It is difficult not to get discouraged as we attempt to spread the faith and empower and equip men with the tools needed to change the world. However, with the proper training of our mind and leaning on the One that provides us with the strength and energy needed to accomplish things according to His will, it can be done.
Thank you Connor for your God inspired insight for today's blog post!
Ken Sadler is a leader of Men's Ministry at a megachurch and has a heart and passion for helping men become the best they can be.