Monday, December 8, 2008

1 Peter 1:13 -- On Hoping to the End

"Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ."
1 Peter 1:13

I think we all feel overwhelmed sometimes, and think that we can't face whatever the day has in store... feel some mental exhaustion. :)  But, we still have to face the tasks of the day, whatever they are... work, school, kids, cellmates... (ha ha), and we have to work at being positive and cheerful, even when we feel like that.  Perhaps what we need in those circumstances is to "gird up the loins" of our minds and hope, which I think is the whole point of the girding up process. :)  We can't allow darkness to dominate our thoughts.  Instead, to get through the day, we have to sweep all that dust out of the way, and bask in the light of hope that is always shining in, as long as we open the shutters. :)
Today, let's work to inspire our minds to hope, and with the "be sober" part, make sure that we aren't getting drunk on cynicism. :)  I think the verse has an excellent point, that we are hoping for grace, and other things that Christ offers us.  Perhaps if we can get our minds out of that gutter of despair, and actually look up, towards our goal and our God, we won't be overwhelmed... except maybe in a good way. ;)  Let's hope to the end, and never give up.

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