The Essential Core: Disciplining Your Mind for an Intentional Life

The Essential Core: Disciplining Your Mind for an Intentional Life

I became a Christian when I was in junior high. I was at a camp full of other kids my age and was swept up in the emotion of it.

But emotions do not sustain a vibrant faith. There needs to be something more solid than the feelings that ebb and flow.

As the years went by, I began to cultivate a love for God’s Word.

At first, I read it when I needed a bit of encouragement or advice, like medicine.

But as the years have passed, I have come to see how much I need His Word, as I need healthy food.

Unless I feed my mind with His truth, I will not remember who He is, who I am, and what I am living for. I end up being careless, aimless, and fruitless.

In my own experience, I find that it is so easy to walk by sight, not faith. I rely on my own common sense instead of the eternal wisdom of my heavenly Father.

However, that is not who I am. I am a child of the King, which means I am royalty. I am awaiting the arrival of my Bridegroom, who is coming back to bring me to my heavenly home.

Do I live like that is true?

Ephesians 4:1 exhorts us to walk in a manner worthy of our calling.

But in order to do that, we need to be firmly rooted in understanding that calling.

So in addition to prioritizing our spiritual life and stewarding our physical life, we need to cultivate our mental life.

Loving God is not just an emotional feeling. Nor is it merely acts of faithful service.

We love God by taking the time to train our minds to think His thoughts so that we then can live in wisdom.

When we do, our minds are liberally stocked with goodness, truth, and beauty which can then guide us into His righteous paths.

While God’s Word is eternally true, it does not dictate major decisions nor tell us what to do when tried or tempted.

Taking the time to build that grid or worldview then helps us to both live and see our lives from a biblical perspective. The photo above reminds me that as I read His Word, I hold it up next to the bustle of life. It is meant to impact how I walk.

When we take the time to nurture our minds, we will live differently. As I study, I become more aware that all of life—not just my spiritual life—is lived before God.

That then flavors everything and keeps me from dividing my life into secular and sacred. In my own experience, this discipline is what allows me to rejoice even in the mundane and ordinary work of life.

It all starts with a solid core of Scripture.

Is it a part of your life?

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