A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste — You know the phrase, you've heard it before. It is the iconic slogan, dreamt up by the advertising agency Young & Rubicam more than four decades ago. Launched in 1972 to encourage Americans to support the United Negro College Fund, this campaign has helped raise more than $2.2 billion and has helped to graduate more than 350,000 minority students from undergraduate college and beyond. Through the years, the slogan has remained unchanged and has become part of the American vernacular.
The Bible has a unique way of saying “A mind is a terrible thing to waste” by telling us what to focus our minds on. In Philippians 4:8 we find these words,
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
The mind is the seat of the intellect, the will and the emotions. It is where we think, feel and decide. It is also the place where all the conflicts we face in this life begin! You see, the mind is the ultimate battlefield of life. The Lord, the flesh and the devil are all battling for control of our minds. Why does the battle rage there? Because the Bible says, “For as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he…”
The words Paul uses in Philippians 4: 8 are a picture of the Word of God. The Word of God is true. Since the Bible is true, everything it says fits within the categories mentioned by Paul. It is honest (honorable), it is just (right), it is pure (holy, clean), it is lovely (beautiful), it is of a good report (good reputation), it is full of virtue (excellence) and praise (that which tends toward worship).
Today, pray that your Pastor will fix his mind on the things of God. Pray that God will fill your Pastor’s mind with the Word, so there will be no room for evil, no room for worry, no room for fear, no room for vengeance, and no room for confusion and trouble. Pray that as your Pastor’s mind is filled with Word of God that it will also be led by the Word of God and become a stable mind!