February 18, 2018

We watch them wait at the starting gate before flying down a steep, snowy mountain, or see them pause before the gun sounds, indicating the race has begun…from almost every Olympic athlete we can observe a similar routine before the start of an event. In their mind, they rehearse what they are about to do. Some move their bodies to the twists and turns of the hill; others speak to themselves, offering a final word of encouragement or instruction. Yet, they all seem to mentally engage before they physically compete.

Of course, there are some whose minds get the better of them. A routine or race they have masterfully completed a 1,000 times before now becomes halting and hollow, even faltering. Why? The mind.

The Apostle Peter wrote:

Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind… (1 Peter 1:13)

He was reminding us that we must keep ourselves mentally uncluttered from anything that may keep us from the race that is before us. The world’s top athletes understand the inseparable relationship between their thinking and their doing. As followers of Jesus Christ, we are called to …let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus (Phil. 2:5). To think incorrectly in the Olympics can be disappointing. To think incorrectly in the Christian life can be devastating. To live correctly we must first think correctly, immersing our minds in the unfaltering truths of God’s Word. The race of the Christian life is certainly no less important than that of any Olympian. May we all …think on these things (Phil. 4:8).
 ~ Dr. Jeff Redlin