This is the fourth and final installment in the “Girding the Loins of the Mind” series, where I’ve been exploring the practical ways we can prepare our minds for action. We don’t want thoughts flapping about in the breeze when we must run, and we don’t want to pull an intellectual hamstring because our mental agility was impaired by a lack of support and strength. We’ve discussed prayer and Scripture as the main practical applications, and then considered other reading, and fellowship/mentoring as extra principles that assist in the work. Today we will conclude by considering the place of rest and worship.
5) Rest – We live in an instant-on society, and increasingly, in some ways, a constantly connected society. I keep my phone by my bed because I use it for an alarm, but the fact that my phone can now Facebook, post tweets, surf the web, text, and receive phone calls, means I am always connected. Whenever we go away as a family into the mountains of Idaho wherein no AT&T coverage has ever dared venture, I have a brief moment of panic as I get disconnected, which is followed by a long period of elation that I am effectively off the grid. To be released from the constant influx of new information is profoundly liberating. Trust me, I’m a guy who reads. A lot. I use Google Reader on my Mac, and Reeder on my iPhone, to stay on top of the wealth of blogs out there, and I have at least three books on my nightstand at any given time. (more…)