Mind Full

04/06/2009

What joy for those whose strength comes from the Lord,
who have set their minds on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.
Psalm 84:5 (NLT)

This world has its beautiful places, and our lives have wonderful experiences and great things to enjoy—but this world and even the things we enjoy can suck us in and suck us dry. We can lose our focus—we can have our minds so full of what we’re doing, and where we’re going, and who we’ll be with that we start to lose our minds, and our sleep, and our peace…it’s hard to shut it all off at the end of the day and be still. It’s hard not to lose track of God when we’re on the fast track of life… “Their days of labor are filled with pain and grief; even at night their minds cannot rest. It is all meaningless.” Ecclesiastes2:23(NLT)

When we get so caught up in the doing, we forget the being in absolute dependence on Jesus Christ. Our mind gets so full, it won’t cooperate. That little energizer bunny in our brain is running on overtime…and it goes on and on and on and on…long into the night.

What is God’s will for each of our lives? To know Him, and to know Him, and to know Him. What else does God need from us? Nothing. Everything else He can do, and will do through us when we KNOW Him! To know Jesus is of utmost importance. If we don’t know Him, how can we know what His good, pleasing and perfect will is? What’s it all for if not for an eternal future with our King? The sun can shine, the birds can sing, but it will all pass away one day, and then where will we be?

God knows our minds, He knows our thoughts, and He wants us to fill our thoughts and minds each day with all of Him. He wants us to wake up thinking about Him, He wants us to go through our day thinking about Him, and go to sleep thinking about Him. Why? Because to know God, to think about Him, to be full of Him, is to truly live as best we can in this fallen world until Jesus comes back.

Why do we fight so hard to not accept the greatest gift ever offered to every person on earth—having the peace of mind that Jesus left us with? If we are thinking about our own ways instead of God and His ways, it isn’t shaping our life for God and giving us that peace. We have so much to learn about this, and so little time to do it in here on earth—it’s so awesome to know that God gives us all of eternity to keep on learning. But while we’re here, let’s practice living each day dying to ourselves and living for Christ—that way we can get the most out of every single day here on earth. Then when we travel on to that new and better place, our Heavenly Home, we won’t hear those dreadful words, “I never knew you.” What we’ll hear will be the angels singing, loved-ones' voices rejoicing at our arrival, and Jesus welcoming us into His Kingdom of everlasting light. That’s what our mind should be full of! That’s truly the peace of mind and heart Jesus left us with.