My husband often day dreams about being a basketball star. I know this because he free throws in the middle of my kitchen and ALWAYS while I am talking to him. Just yesterday, I confessed to him, “I want to be in your daydreams.” You see, I love my husband so much that I do not want to be left out or feel like he feels he is missing out on something.
As soon as I told him this, God immediately convicted my heart, “I want to be in YOUR daydreams.” In an instant, I was humbled and ugly crying (I am eight months pregnant, so that is kind of what I do.) But in all seriousness, it has me thinking, “How mindful am I of my Savior, my Father, my Prince of Peace, my All in All?” If He is TRULY my All in All, I may I need to reevaluate Deuteronomy 6:5-9 which says:
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”
If you are anything like me, you are pretty familiar with this passage, but I want to focus in on loving God with ALL of my mind. I am very detail oriented, and I am thinker. Ask anyone who knows me well, and they will tell you that I always have questions to ask or a perspective to give. My mind is full of all of the “What ifs”, “Just in Cases”, and “Better Prepare for that” scenarios. However, if I am loving my Jesus with ALL of my mind, my mind would not have room for the “what ifs”. My mind, as well as my heart, would be so enraptured with the love of Christ that I would truly trust in HIM above all of the scenarios, scary details, or preparations. After all, He is Lord of all, and He does see the big picture. Oh, this is my prayer!
So, where is my mind on a daily basis? If I am honest, my mind is often on refereeing my kids, wondering what we are having for dinner, planning how the house is going to get cleaned before company or worrying where the money is going to come from to fix the car—just to name a few! But if Christ is truly Lord of my life, I then know that I need not worry about my life, about what I will eat or what I will drink, or about the little details of the what ifs (Matthew 6:28-34). Verse 33 says:
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
If I am loving God with ALL of my mind, then I am refereeing my kids in love and pointing them back to Christ in how I treat them and what I say to them. I am preparing dinner joyfully and rejoicing that God provided food for my entire family, and I do not have to watch my children go hungry. I am trusting Jesus that my house WILL get clean even though I still have five loads of laundry to go because I am praying through it, and God is my help! I am also trusting in Him to provide the money to fix the car in His time, even though it is truly inconvenient in the present. For it is those inconveniences of life that God uses to build our character and grow us in Him. Oh, how I want to love Jesus with ALL of my mind!
Oh God, forgive me for worrying about the details. Take away the “what if” scenarios of our minds and transform them into GREAT faith in You and Your mighty power. I just pray, Father, that YOU will be the one we daydream about because being in Your presence is that amazing and addictive to us. May we be so enraptured with love for You that we will truly trust in YOU above all else. We praise you, Father, for You alone are our All in All and our Prince of Peace. You are a good Father, and we so long to love you with ALL of our minds. Help us to keep our eyes on You and to seek you first. For You alone are worthy of ALL of our worship. We love you. Amen.