A Sound Mind?

2 Corinthians 10:5We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ (NLT).

Recently, Heidi went for a walk with her mom at around 5:30pm. As she was leaving, she said to me, “I’ll run with you when I get back.”

I was kind of planning to go for a run, but my mind began to wander. I thought about how I had just driven four hours roundtrip to preach in West Monroe. I pulled up the Weather Channel app on my phone and saw the heat index was still 102 degrees. It was hot, and I was tired, but I decided to maintain my figure.

After walking three miles, Heidi returned. I slowly put on my socks and shoes, and we were off. We talked and laughed as we ran that first mile, and I thought to myself, “I can do this.” Then, as we neared the end of mile two, she said, “I’m just going to run to the corner because I already ran some after I dropped my mom off.” I said that was cool with my mouth, but my mind hated the idea of finishing the run by myself.

Heidi turned to head back to the house, and it felt like my body shut down. I thought, “I’m exhausted, sweat-logged, and I’ve already done more than most people. I’ll stop at two miles and walk back.” Then, my mind fired back at itself, “No! You can make it. You always run three.” And so began the mile-long argument in my head.

I did finish running the three miles I set out to do, and I learned a valuable lesson in the process: The mind that told me I couldn’t finish was the same mind that told me I could. We all have one mind, but there is a constant battle therein between the undisciplined side and the disciplined side. God has given every believer a sound mind, but it takes self-discipline to use it (2 Timothy 1:7). Choose wisely.

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