So, what have you been thinking about lately? What's on your mind? As a mother and wife, my mind is usually preoccupied with thoughts for the day: housework to be done, what meals to cook, french to study, etc. Then, sometimes my flesh likes to put thoughts in my head that I don't need to be thinking about...you know, bothersome situations, burdens on my heart, and people that have dissapointed me.
I've been reading the book of First Peter for my devotions and I received a blessing that I thought I would share.
1 Peter 1:13 says: "Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind,"
I read and reread and decided to think on this one. Gird up your loins refers to when a man was to go to work. Contrary to popular belief, men in Bible times did not wear dresses. They wore long robes with pants (breeches is the term used in the Bible) underneath and a belt around that was tied. When it was time to work the men would take their robes and tuck them in their belt so the robe wouldn't get in the way of the work. So, how do we gird up the loins of our mind? What exactly is the Lord trying to tell us?
Girding up your mind means to prepare your mind for the work ahead. 2 verses later, in verse 15, it says, "But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation" Have you noticed that once you accepted Christ as your personal Savior, that holiness didn't automatically come natural to you. Being holy, pure, and not spotted from the world is not something that comes naturally to us. It's something we have to work for, we have to battle everyday to try and be more like Christ and be Holy. Are you ready to work at preparing your mind for holiness? It's easy to dwell and think on things we shouldn't. It's easy to just "veg-out" in front of the TV at night with the excuse that we just need a break from a busy day. We shouldn't let our "veg-out" time be a time for stubbling for us in our Christian walk. It's also easy to dwell on all the negative things of the day...disappointments, expectations not fulfilled, worry....everyone who is a mother out there knows what I'm talking about! Don't let those nagging feelings of doubt prevent you from being holy and pure. Christ wants us to have a fulfilling joyful life as a christian, but there is a pattern to follow....so, whatcha thinkin' about lately?