“For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.”— Romans 8:5-6This passage comprises the purpose of many Christian disciplines: to turn away from the desires that distract and destroy, and turn toward that which gives life, peace, joy, and wholeness.
As we find ourselves here in the middle of Lent, let’s check in. What are we thinking about, dwelling on? On what are we setting our minds? Our hearts?
Do we find ourselves looking to something or someone to satisfy our heart’s desire, to soothe the gnawing angst, to fill the abyssal longing? Do we wait and wait for that next email, that next drink, that next job—the one that will make us feel whole and loved and free?
Or do we remember that in Christ we are already free, we are already fully loved, and we receive all that we need—although it is not always what we are looking for.
“For you have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.” — St. Augustine, Confessions