1 Peter 1:13 says, “Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
There is a vivid metaphor here that’s lost in the English translation. The words, “preparing your minds for action” come from one Greek word, anazōsamenoi. It literally means, “girding up the loins of your mind.” It was most often used for a person pulling up the edges of their flowing robe when they needed to run. They tied the long garment up by a belt allowing the feet and legs to move freely, when time was of the essence.
I don’t understand why some people like to have their pants sag. I want to go and pull them up, or at least say, “Hey, your polka-dotted underwear are showing.” It looks like they have a load in their britches. I think there is fake underwear sewn inside the pants to somehow create the sagging pants look. Otherwise it is impossible to move with your waist line at the middle of your buttocks. I know this may be fashionable, but it is not helpful. You can’t get up and run with your pants down. A belt is a wonderful thing.
We can gird up our minds with the belt of truth. Ephesians 6:14 says, “Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth…” Our thoughts can droop and sag – “My situation will never change. Since things are tough, I may as well give in. It will just be a quick peek. No one will ever know. I’m strong enough. Just a bit won’t hurt. This will make me happy, and God’s wants me happy. It feels good, so it must be right.” We can tie up wandering, wayward thoughts with the truth of God’s word. Then, when God sends us an opportunity we can run with purpose and freedom.
Let’s go back to the image “gird up the loins of your mind.” That tells us something important about our minds. Our thoughts are the seeds we sew that produce the outcome of our lives. As one person said, “Sew a thought reap an action. Sew and action reap a habit. Sew a habit reap a character. Sew a character reap a destiny.”