Philippians 4:6-7, “ Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
We are called to have a mind like Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:16, “… But we have the mind of Christ.” Imagine the experiences that Jesus had to go through in life being mocked and spit on and having people make fun of Him as He hung on a cross and died for them. Bringing someone in to your inner circle only to have them betray you, while the whole time knowing that they were going to do it. “Don’t worry about ANYTHING; instead pray about everything. Tell God your needs, and thank him for all he has done” (Phil. 4:6). This is just what Christ did, throughout the Gospels it tells us that Jesus retreated and prayed for hours at a time even up to the point that He was betrayed. So if we are to have the mind of Christ and scripture says that we do we need to take this to heart. There is nothing in life that is too BIG for God. Life will try to get in the way of your relationship with God if you let it but if you let God take over your life nothing will be to HUGE for you to overcome.
It has been said that what we experience in life is not as determinate upon our future as how we handle those experiences. Our attitude toward faith, family, work, and education has a huge impact upon our life. As Christians, we are encouraged to approach all facets of our life with the mind of Christ. With this Christ-like worldview, we are able to react to experiences in our life in ways that will build us up rather than tear us down.
Philippians chapter four has incredible advice for us concerning attitude. Our busy lives can create a great deal of stress and anxiety. Pursuing an education in addition to all the other daily activities we are involved with is no less stressful.
However, within the Scripture we read that the peace of God, which passes all understanding, can be found. How? It is acquired through an attitude of prayer that is presented to God upon a foundation of thanksgiving. The Scripture goes on to teach us that it is this peace which will keep our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Your busy schedule will create frantic days at times. But through an attitude of prayer, you will be able to approach these experiences with the mind of Christ. As your Christ-like attitude steers the course of your life, you will find that attitude does indeed determine your altitude in all facets of life. With this mindset the words of Philippians 4:13 come to life within our hearts and we can truly say, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”