A True Christian

The true Christian tests himself every day. Daily testing to see whether we have become better or worse, is so essential for us that without it we cannot be called Christians. Constantly and persistently we must take ourselves in hand. Do this: from the morning establish thoughts about the Lord firmly in your mind and then during the whole day resist any deviation from these thoughts.

Whatever you are doing, with whomever you are speaking, whether you are going somewhere or sitting, let your mind be with the Lord. You will forget yourself, and stray from this path; but again turn to the Lord and rebuke yourself with sorrow. This is the discipline of spiritual attentiveness.” – St. Theophanes the Recluse

 

This is the struggle of the spiritual life. Our thoughts constantly bombard us from the moment we awaken right up to the moment we lie down at night to sleep. Our minds run like machines 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Part of the spiritual struggle we face is indeed in the department of our logismoi.

We should awaken daily and seek to calm the attack of the logismoi (thoughts) that fill our mind. We must awaken to fill our minds with Christ and thoughts of Him and all things holy from the beginning of our day.  St. Paul tells us to “Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.”

This is the struggle of the spiritual life.

To watch.

To be attentive.

Let us attend to the wisdom of Christ and fill our minds with thoughts of Him.

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About Joel

Joel is a 32 year old currently residing in the southeastern United States. His interests lay in philosophy and theology. He is a writer for The Christian Watershed.

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