Before a sprinting race begins, we typically expect to hear specific instructions: On your mark and Set, followed by the starter’s gun. Imagine if the starter omitted the set command. Runners would potentially begin with a split-second of confused hesitation rather than a confident take-off. A slow, unsure start causes a disadvantage and can negatively affect the race’s outcome.
Similarly, when you and I are at the starting line of a personal race, such as a new assignment or adventure, it is valuable to purposely set our minds. Focusing our energy and effort on the task before us is vital if we desire to do our best. Setting our minds will positively affect the following steps and, ultimately, the outcome.
Philippians 4:8 provides a complete list of what to set our minds on specifically. “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Romans 8:6 reminds us that what and Who we set our minds on makes a life and death difference! “For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.”
Prayerful intentionality is required to remove thoughts from our minds that do not belong in these categories. Before we start our next pursuit, let us encourage each other to set our minds on what is most beneficial by thinking about who God is, who He created us to be, and how we can glorify Him through the races we run.
Prayer: Lord, may we not rush into any endeavors before deciding to set our minds on You. Please give us the ability to be focused and intentional. May we not breeze mindlessly through life moments and subsequently miss opportunities to glorify You. Help us honor You in all we do as we strive to put You first in our lives. In Your holy name, Amen.