According to Dr. Carolyn Leaf, the average person has over 30,000 thoughts per day. Those thoughts can be positive or negative. They can be thoughts regarding ourselves, or thoughts about those around us. They can be thoughts that build up or tear down. We can literally make ourselves sick through our thoughts, or we can calm ourselves down through our thoughts.
Our thought life is completely under our control.
In our walk with Jesus, it is helpful to remember and focus our time and energy on the things that are our responsibility. Peter recognizes the importance of our thought life and reminds us that it’s our responsibility to prepare our minds for action.
If we want to live a life of eternal impact, we must properly engage our thought life.
The literal Greek found here uses the phrase “…gird up the loins of your mind.” This is an idiom used at the time of Christ when men and women wore long robes. If for some reason, they needed to move quickly or run, they would gather the lower portion of their robes and pull them up around their waist, freeing up their legs.
Using this phrase to refer to the mind, Peter was telling them to “…pull your thoughts together.”
As Christian physicians, we’re trained to have clear thinking in our field of medicine. However, we can fall prey to sloppy thinking when it comes to spiritual matters. This sloppy thinking can manifest itself in various ways.
Because some have not spent much time reading the Bible, they may not be sure what they believe about some very important issues pertaining to medicine such as the issue of abortion, euthanasia, or the place of prayer in the practice of medicine.
Peter tells us to prepare our minds.
We do that through deep thinking about the important issues that interface between medicine and faith. We prepare our minds by spending time in the Scripture and by reading books written by those who have gone down this road before us.
Prayer: Lord help me to engage my mind critically in my practice of medicine so that my thinking is in line with Your word.