He’s twelve and a half. Not a young boy anymore, and not even close to a man. Stuck in that limbo of life, often riding a swinging pendulum back and forth to each side as he waits – not so patiently -for his mind and body to mature.
He’s independent and inquisitive in his ways, and his mind never stops. He reads everything he can get his hands on, learning more and more about the world around him. And with this comes a potential awareness of this world that I’m not quite sure I’m ready for him to know.
The tension of this world. How do I teach him to balance what his mind takes in, Lord, while intentionally following You all the while?
How do I balance it, Lord?
Before the sun ever announces a new day, my mind is tempted to wander and feast on the distractions this world has to offer. The battle for my mind is real before my feet ever hit the floor. Where it lands – what I fill it with - will determine my choices, my attitude, my interactions with others, my obedience, my effectiveness for the Kingdom.
So before the distractions bombard me and the world gets loud around me, I turn to the Source that will surely equip me for battle. His words fill my mind with truth.
And there, He prepares me to be an overcomer, beginning with my mind…
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” ~ Philippians 4:8
Where the rubber meets the road? In order to flee one thing, we must pursue another.
I tell my boy ‘no’ to a popular book that “everyone” is reading. At first his heart is heavy; he’s reminded once again that he’s a stranger in this world. Oh, sweet child, how I know this feeling all too well. Pursuing God wholeheartedly while living in this world won’t make us popular, that’s for sure. But then he says the words that make the struggle worthwhile…
Even in the struggle, thank you Father that your ways bring peace and life.
Thank you for lasting joy beyond the hard circumstance.
Thank you that Your truth brings real contentment and identity.
Thank you, God, that You give stability and freedom that this world could never offer.
Thank you that when I fill my mind with Your Word, I find what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy.
I find everything that my heart longs for.
I find You.
Jesus, protect our minds before the day even begins…
At His feet,
Let’s talk: Are you filling your mind with something that is distracting you from your walk with God? What steps can you take this week to begin replacing what’s distracting you with the things listed in Philippians 4:8?