Love the Lord with all your MIND

“Love the Lord your God will all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind {…} Jesus replied, ‘Do this and you will live’ “ Luke 10:27-28

Hanging a lantern aloft in the Old North Church.

Hanging a lantern aloft in the Old North Church.

From the back seat of my dad’s Ford Taurus, I’d run my fingers over the slick cards, twirling them around the small plastic tie that clasped the thick stack in place. When we’d drive to a restaurant for our weekly out-to-dinner night, I thought the best appetizer would be some brain fuel, so I always brought the Brain Teasers game with us.

Even before babies are born, parents are intent on making sure their newborn’s brain is being filled with the best using the most knowledge-enhancing tools. Play classical music to promote spatial reasoning. A steady dose of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are optimal for brain development, so slather those quesadillas with a few spoonfuls of guac. Begin teaching your baby a second language as soon as you can so that two sets of vocabulary will soak in fast.

But as children grow older, how often do we focus on teaching them how discern – how not to be persuaded by every new argument they hear, how to judge facts over fiction?

Think of how many theories you hear that make you wonder, ‘Who would ever believe that?!‘ Think of how many Made-For-TV products you see and cringe, pondering, ‘Would someone really buy that?

There is a lot of stuff in this vast world that makes us speculate, but if we dismiss the daily battles that work against our minds, trying to entice us to believe in rumors, falsities and untruths, we let ourselves become vulnerable to the ways of the world.

When addressing the Romans, Pauls said, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will” Romans 12:2

Are you fueling your brain with tabloids, TV commercials and the Top 40 hits on the radio?
How often do you read His Word and research why you believe what you believe?

Sharpen your mind by studying the Scriptures. Love the Lord by reading His love letter to us.

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