“The mind is the soul’s primary vehicle for making contact with God, and it plays a fundamental role in the process of human maturation and change, including spiritual transformation. In thought, the mind’s structure conforms to the order of the object of thought. Since this is so, and since truth dwells in the mind, truth itself is powerful and rationality is valuable as a means of obtaining truth and avoiding error. Therefore, God desires a life of intellectual growth and study for His children.”
-J.P. Moreland, Why the Mind Matters in Christianity
I struggle with setting aside time alone to do my homework and study. I really do struggle. When I am in the moment, I find it hard to focus and discipline myself. Sitting alone and not talking to anyone, I tend to get lonely and frustrated that I have so much schoolwork for which I have to take responsibility. As I read for my Bible class today this quote from J.P. Moreland hit me pretty hard. God desires me to grow though my mind? Not just Biblical truth but ALL truth. For all truth is God’s truth. Using my mind to gain understanding and truth, I glorify God. Not only is doing my work a sign of obedience to God and respect to my professors, it is an act of worship. This knowledge gives studying and learning a heavier weight. When I fully realized that studying worships God, I experience more encouragement and purpose in my times of studying. I know that I am not simply trying to grow in my understanding of the world for my benefit and success, but I am glorifying God. I can have a desire to honor and worship God though school and my ability to reason and gain knowledge. Eventually, I believe this perspective could change my attitude as a student towards school and work entirely. That is my hope and prayer as I step into this new semester.Read more "Encouragement for the student."