I saw a mug yesterday that said, “Out of my mind – back in 5 minutes”.
I had to smile – it seems we can all relate to that one these days.
But seriously, how did Jesus do it? He always kept his mind when everyone around him was losing theirs.
God’s Word tells us – but sometimes our minds are racing so fast with the worries and urgencies of the day that we miss out on the peace God has for us.
That’s where meditation can really help.
“I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways.” (Psalm 119:15)
“I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your statutes.” (Psalm 119:99)
Meditation is simply taking the time to slow down and reflect on something. It allows you to not simply read God’s Word but drink it in and let it fill you.
God’s Word has the power to calm our anxious minds and give us peace – if we let it.
One of my favorite authors and speakers, John Eldredge, just came out with a wonderful new meditation on his popular, free app “One Minute Pause” (https://www.pauseapp.com)
I highly recommend downloading the free app and listening to these blissful meditations on scripture, set to music.
But let’s do the next best thing right now – let’s take a few moments to slow down and settle into this peaceful meditation on scripture by reading it together. It will help you keep your mind today – even if everyone around you is losing theirs.
Transcript of John Eldredge’s “5 Minute Mental Strength” meditation on the “One Minute Pause”app…
(Read it slowly – and aloud if possible – for maximum benefit.)
“Search me, God, and know my heart, know my anxious thoughts.” (Psalm 139:23)
I come to you, Jesus, for peace of mind.
I give my mind to you.
I set my mind on you.
Capture my every thought.
I surrender all the news and all the worry.
I surrender everything grabbing my attention.
I give you my thoughts, Jesus.
All of my mental life…
my focus, and attention;
my memory, and recall;
my understanding and imagination.
I dedicate the life of my mind to you, Lord Jesus, and to you alone.
“The mind governed by God’s Spirit is life and peace.” (Romans 8:6)
Holy Spirit, Spirit of God, come and fill my mind.
Come and fill my thoughts.
Fill my mind with life and peace.
“For we have the mind of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 2:16)
I pray to be one mind with you, Jesus.
One thought, one imagination, one mental life.
I receive the mind of Christ.
“Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, right, and pure, lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” (Philippians 4:8)
Think about something beautiful, something that reminds you of the goodness of God.
A place you love. A sweet memory. Something in nature.
Now stay with that today.