Focal Passages: 2
Corinthians 10:3-5; Ephesians 6:10-17
With the state of health care
in this country “in flux” at best, and with care for those with mental health
difficulties not even at that nebulous position, how to keep from losing one’s
mind might be a better question to ask now than ever!
Of course, 2000 years ago it
was spiritual health that had Paul’s attention as he wrote to churches in
Corinth and Ephesus.
In both cases of the focal
passages, Paul uses a war analogy to make his point.
In the Corinthian passage he
speaks of captives and strong holds. In the familiar Ephesians verses he talks
of the “armor of God.”
As relevant today as then,
the question of how a Christian keeps his mind in a trying age is a good one.
The war, clearly, rages on.
There are more things than
ever that vie for our attention.
From multi-media outlets
like the Internet and TV, to talk spheres like radio and instant messaging, our
minds are a spiritual battlefield.
Keeping our focus and not
letting our concentration stray from Christ is difficult.
But we are empowered with
God’s resources, as Paul points out.
I ran cross-country in high
school for one season.
My coach is a legend in
track/cross-country coaching circles and he taught me many wonderful things.
Maybe the best was a method
to retain a mental edge.
He told me simply to run for
To be more precise, he told
me to pick out a tree, somewhere in the distance, amidst all the other things I
saw, and then, at all costs “run to the tree.” Focus and just run to the tree.
I asked what happened when I got “to the tree” and found I wasn’t at the finish
line. His answer was so predictable and obvious I am almost ashamed I asked. He
said “pick out another tree.”
Fortunately, we never have
to change our focal point. We must simply focus on God and run toward being