I realize that in our shifting, mobile times there has been a sea-change in people being committed to one another, to this or that band, organization, church, bike club, day-job, hobby, whatever.
Between dreams we try to fulfill, economic or illness issues, human-relationship breakdowns/breakups or just a desire for something fresh, new, perhaps exciting (at least in the dream-stage) all brings a sense of life to each of us. I’m certainly no different.
Romance, honeymoon, nice! Marriage… that calls for long-term relationships of love and trust and sacrifice.
Some folks negotiate (and that’s really likely the best term) change easier and with more grace than others. But change happens and there are times you literally cannot do a thing to prevent it, nor to hurry through the process.
So many people I meet, in tour after tour, regardless of circumstance, struggle with changes. Nobody ever struggles without first thinking.
It may begin with an event or two, emotions, a close friend or family member, illness (or a diagnosis), death. It may come as a job lay-off or somebody totals your car, any number of things can happen in our life span.
“Peace Like a River”? “The fruit of the Spirit is… peace”? The “Prince of Peace” IMMEDIATELY solves the drama? In my life I’ve never found any sort of “automated” delivery system with regard to navigation throughout the journey. So what happens in our thoughts?
We begin to process, to think, to “suss out” how to move through the current. It’s not mere instinct as in the animal kingdom.
And do know, this is not only re. negative but also quite positive events, possibilities, dreams and creativity.
I am a creative person and come up with LOADS of creative ideas. Some are worthless, some worthwhile, some I act on, some I simply pray about and share and at times am a catalyst for others to try this or that artistic or other idea.
One can become obsessed with a dream. Wrapped up in an idea to the extent nothing else matters. Passion/enthusiasm is one thing, how to move along the road of everyday life is another. So part of what I’m getting at is a “GOT TO ACCOMPLISH THIS” that can not only start a great fire but also burn the creative person out. James 4.13-15 also comes to mind.
So… how to navigate? Time for “Selah” (Book of Psalms)… stop, pause, think about it.
What I have learned (am continually learning) to do about my rather active mind can be found in several places:
Isaiah 26.3 -You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.
Romans 8.6 -to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.
2 Corinthians 10.5 -take every thought captive to obey Christ
Philippians 4.6-8 -Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
1 Corinthians 2.16 “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
This last verse can sound rather arrogant of apostle Paul who wrote it in what may strike us as an almost glib, matter-of-fact way to Christians in Corinth.
My own thoughts on this verse?
Contextually in this chapter Paul offers a number of deep comments regarding God the Holy Spirit (“the Counselor”) interacting with Christ followers. So what does the Spirit tell us in everyday, practical terms?
In having the mind of Christ:
-We KNOW the Messiah in a personal way
-We’ve GOT the Word of God (in Paul’s time, the Old Testament scriptures)
-We have HEARD the witness of Jesus’ disciples who saw, walked with Jesus pre-crucifixion, interacted, talked, ate with and saw the physically resurrected Christ
-We have a good sense of what He thought/thinks via His quoted words, including how we must think and act according to the disciples’ teaching (In our day, the four Gospels and the rest of the New Testament) and more in that He dwells IN us giving counsel, bringing to our mind whatever Christ has commanded us
This of course, boils down to:
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind and strength and your neighbor as yourself”.
I believe such is “the mind of Christ”.
In this I find my peace, rest, clarity for how to think, live and walk out my faith daily. Regardless.
How about you?!
Thanks for stopping by, -Glenn