‘Make every effort to present yourself approved to God, an unashamed workman who accurately handles the word of truth.’ 2 Timothy 2:15 BSB
Ever go back upstairs to remind yourself of why you originally went downstairs? Well, just like our bodies don’t work too well without proper exercise; neither do our minds! Doctors say that all those hours in front of the television and other screens—avoiding mental stimulation—result in the shrinking of our mind’s capacity. That includes our memory.
‘Brain fitness’ experts assure us that our brains don’t grow old from working too hard, but from hardly working at all! When you just let your mind ‘vegetate’ and don’t stretch it with deep reading, creative thinking or challenging conversation, it can become old—even when it’s young! On the other hand, if you challenge your mind regularly, your brain stays young even as you get older.
Here’s a great way to strengthen your mind: ‘Make every effort to present yourself approved to God, an unashamed workman who accurately handles the word of truth.’ Paul was telling Timothy to push his mind by studying God’s Word. Paul didn’t want Timothy’s mind to turn into a vegetable! He knew that God promises those who feed on His Word daily will become ‘like a tree planted by streams of water… which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither.’ (Psalm 1:3 NIV) Don’t let your mind ‘wither’; exercise and strengthen it by studying the Scriptures today!
As we dive deep into God’s Word, we find our toxic attitudes of the past being overthrown because our thoughts begin to align with God’s and ‘we understand… for we have the mind of Christ.’ (1 Corinthians 2:16 NLT)
SoulFood: Rev 5–9, Mark 13:24–37, Ps 121, Pr 12: 23–24
word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright [cy]