“Therefore, preparing your minds for action…” 1 Pet. 1:13 (fragment, ESV)

The Runner.

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The NKJV and others translate this same phrase as “gird up the loins of your mind”, which is an interesting picture I am sure you agree. Rather than encouraging us to wrap our heads in jock straps,  it’s about being ready to run the race and fight the good fight of the faith. There is something of the Christian experience that requires the mind to run hard against competing ideas, emotions and persuasions.

The problem often comes from a lack of girding up – when the troubles and challenges come that require a readied mind, so often we are found wanting. A lifestyle of mental apathy as we soak in the latest cultural phenomenon with wild abandonment does not prepare us for the vigorous work of internal or external apologetics. Absorbing all the world’s ideas is as good for mind girding as absorbing all the McDonald’s in the world is for an athlete. We end up bloated, out of breath and pinned to the ground by those who are enemies of the Gospel.

In an attempt to avoid this, I began thinking through what the core training might look like for mental preparation and the remainder of the posts in this series will discuss what the practical ways are to gird up the loins of the mind. Join us tomorrow as we explore the first two practices.