Being Mindful

Matthew 16:23 (NKJV) But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”

Have you ever had one of those days that you were so busy you barely thought of your family?

It didn’t mean you had stopped loving them; you were just consumed in your work and activities.

However, string together several days like that and the home fires can get a little low and string together weeks and months like that and the home fires can go out completely.

So what do you do to remedy this problem?

Look no further than people’s desks or workstations.  All across America today there are little picture frames or snapshots of family members.

Other props include screen-savers and monitor backgrounds featuring a steady stream of family pictures, jewelry with little gems representing children and grandchildren, refrigerators covered with drawings and awards, walls graced with family portraits and people taking a few moments to check their Facebook account to see the latest picture or video that has been posted of some family member or event.

No matter how busy and consumed we are with the urgencies of the day, those little reminders surrounding us keep us grounded in what is truly important—why we’re doing what we’re doing.

In the same way, we must be intentional about not losing our “Christian mindfulness.”

It is easy to go an entire day without thinking about Jesus.  It doesn’t mean you don’t love Him or that you are no longer a Christian; you just got caught up in the fast pace of life and, just like that, another day flew by and your faith was a silent partner in the distant background of your mind.

String together a few days like this and temptations and compromises come knocking at your door.  String together a week of this and Sunday worship is pretty blasé. String together several weeks of this and you will have strayed from the faith.

This is why daily devotions are so important—they help you keep your Christian mindfulness.

Keeping your bible open on your desk and reading a verse or two every hour or so throughout the day, keeping Christian music going in the background, calling one person a day and having a brief prayer with them, taking notes of your pastor’s sermon and reviewing them all week, hanging “Christian art” around you, etc., these are all ways to help you keep your Christian mindfulness.

  • The ONE THING for today: Bottom line, minds are prone to wander and become consumed with the moment.  You must be intentional about being mindful of the important things of life.

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