There is a battle raging.
It is on an amazing battleground. Not on land. Not on sea. Not in the air. Not in space.
This battleground is way more valuable than those, and way more tragic if the battleground is lost to the enemy. It is the battle for our minds.
I Peter 1:13 "Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind..."
Peter, through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, is teaching us how to secure the battlefield... how to build a fortress around our minds so that when trials come, we are not defeated. He starts off with "Wherefore." That means "through which thing" or "because of this." Because of what? Because of all those things he just talked about in the previous 12 verses. To gird up the loins of our mind, we must build the walls of our mind fortress with the truths he just covered.
It has come to my attention that I have neglected thrilling you with our adventures here for quite some time. But I will make up for it with my latest adventure… the meat shop.
Now those of you who know me know that in the States I was a coupon fanatic. Coupons were a hobby. A joy. A welcomed adventure all their own. I loved the excitement of getting $200 worth of groceries and only spending $30! I matched sales with coupons and collected sales fliers like some people collect stamps. Um, only I threw my fliers away when I finished! HA!
When we moved here, the thrill was ripped away cruelly by the sad truth that coupons don’t exist here, sales are rare, and simply because I have white skin I can be charged two or even three times as much as other people.
I am going to let you in on a little secret. It’s a happy secret.
I have lost ten pounds this past week. Now this weight loss didn’t come by knowing I needed to lose weight. It didn’t come by thinking about losing weight. It didn’t even come by really WANTING badly to lose weight. It came by temperance, planning, preparing, and following through with the plan. It came by not being swayed by circumstances. It came by being sober…
Sober: temperate, dispassionate
When I think of the word sober, the first thing I think of is not being drunk. When a person is drunk, they do not have control over their mind or their senses. The wine/drink has control. But there are a lot more things in life that can control us than just strong drink. One of the biggest things that tend to control us is our emotions.
Yesterday, just after celebrating and posting about my successful 10 pound weight loss, a neighbor asked, “Have you been putting on weight? You look like you have gained some fat.” Sigh…
Such is the life here. They are very vocal about fat people, and in their culture, telling you that you are fat is not rude at all. I have just learned to kind of roll with it. I do not get too upset. I am in it for the long haul… not just one week.
Let’s be honest. There are few things that give me more joy than for someone to walk up to me and say, “Wow! You have such well-behaved children!” Music to my ears! I can see lights beaming down from Heaven and I hear the Hallelujah Chorus in the background.
But… the true story is that my children are not always obedient. (Don’t tell anyone! It’s a secret!) Our youngest is our “wild card.” We call him the “too much kid.” And he truly is! He takes everything to the next level. If big brother does something, he wants to do it one step bigger. Unfortunately, that also includes unwanted behaviors. *sigh*
When it comes to disobedience, he has come up with three main excuses. I am sure if you have children or have worked with children for longer than 12 minutes, you have heard these excuses, too. The sad thing is, we try to use the same excuses with our Father in Heaven.