In 1972 I was accepted into an internship program at the Medical Center at Princeton, New Jersey. A chaplaincy position for certification in Clinical Pastoral Education. My concentration for the Master’s Degree at Princeton Seminary was pastoral counseling. This internship would add hands-on experience to academic course work. Putting what I’ve learned into practice.
This was the same hospital where Albert Einstein died. No, not after one of my visits, but thanks for asking! The famed Herr Doctor had lived only a few doors down from the Seminary. He had said that we humans only use a small portion of our brain power. Maybe 10-15%. A smidgeon of all that potential.
My Grandfather Fischer used to say to his sons: ‘you’re smart like your father, you dope you!’ (all said with his thick German accent). Funny… really? Maybe. Maybe not!
Not so humorous when you read what Paul writes in his first letter to the Corinthians. He says something mind-boggling–‘But we have the mind of Christ…’ (1 Corinthians 2:16). Think about that. We have the mind of the Son of God, the Creator and Sustainer of All! Truly?
How much do we use of it? How much time do we spend with Him absorbing His mind, His will, His Word, His ways and His take on the world? The mind of Christ! How about putting it to work. Thinking His thoughts. Doing what He would do.
Work the mind of Christ you’ve been given. Exercise it. Act accordingly. Stop making excuses. As Paul later says, ‘…we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ’ (2 Corinthians 10:5). Every thought? To be obedient? You’ve got to be out of your mind! No, in your right mind with the mind of Christ! Smart like your Savior, you saint, you!
Prayer: Lord, help us to use all that you’ve given us. For you…for others. In Jesus’ name. Amen.