Loving with all your mind...
By John Townsend, Crystal Cathedral Guest Pastor
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your mind, all your soul, and all your strength."
To love the Lord to the best of your ability "with all your mind," here are some tips in developing these three important areas of your mind:
1) The first mind is what we call the EMOTIONAL MIND. Stop and ask yourself, "What am I feeling, good or bad? How will that affect the decision I need to make?" If you do this for just one week, you will find that you'll make better decisions.
2) The second mind is the RELATIONAL MIND. God made us to want to be with each other. God made us fundamentally relational people. God made us to relate to each other. People are one of the most important things that God ever made, so stay connected with others.
3) The third mind is what I call the GROWING MIND. The growing mind deals with the reality that God meant everybody to expand, to be better, to grow, to be the person he wants to develop in each one of us. We were built to grow, to expand. Challenge your brain with new learning experiences, games, hobbies, and passions.
God designed these three minds as tools to help you design yourself to be the person and the leader and the influencer you need to be. You were designed by God to get better, and to have a positive influence on others. Use your mind - don't lose your mind. Use it in all its capacities to help you be the person that God wants you to be.
Prayer: Dear Lord, I know you designed me to keep growing as long as I am alive on this earth. Help me to challenge myself always, keeping my brain agile and open to your leading. Amen.