When I plan my days, I find that they tend to go better than those where I don’t. Most of the reason for that is that I get more done, which makes me feel better. However, there is one danger that can make my day go sideways when something interrupts my plans. These are some of the reasons Peter tells you to prepare your mind for action.
“Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
Unaware and Unprepared
Most Christians are unaware and unprepared for what faces them when they walk out of their door each day. They are focused on getting to work or whatever needs to be done and are not ready for what Satan throws their way. Peter lets believers know that they need to prepare their minds for action and be aware of what’s going on. Unfortunately, what may seem like a minor distraction can be the enemy’s plan to sidetrack your day and get your mind off of what Jesus wants you to do. I am well aware of this ploy when I commute to work.
Think Things Through
Before runners get in the starting blocks, they often visualize the race they want to run. They think through each phase, how fast they want to go, and what to look out for. So likewise, Christian, you need to prepare your mind for action. That means you are mentally and spiritually ready for anything that gets thrown your way, and you react in a way that doesn’t derail your day. Too many times, you start with good intentions only to end up frustrated and feeling defeated. One thing that helps you prepare your mind for action is to stay sober in your spirit. That means you aren’t controlled by anything like anger or criticism.
Prepare Your Mind
If you don’t think you can make it through the day without losing all your marbles, look at the end of the verse. Peter tells you to “fix your hope completely on the grace of Jesus.” In other words, if you blow it understand that the grace of Jesus is there to make things right again. Couple that with the new mercies available to you each morning, and you can start today fresh if yesterday was a train wreck.