Therefore, get your minds ready for action...
I Peter 1:13 (NET Bible)*
I became intrigued by the concept of getting one's mind ready for action, so I decided to research it further.
According to the study commentary in the NET Bible, this figure of speech refers to the Middle Eastern practice of gathering up long robes around the waist to prepare for work or action. In the Greek, it literally means "binding up the loins of your mind.”
The idea is that the wearer of long flowing robes would find it difficult to move about swiftly or with agility. By picking up the loose ends, as it were, we are free to move about with ease.
When we pick up our mental laundry, we are able to quickly focus on things of importance.
Back to minds ready for action: Think about your mental robes... What are the things that prevent you from being ready for action?
I have been thinking about blogging about some of the other productivity principles that I have learned in my personal Bible studies. I wonder what public interest there might be in this subject?
* For my friends, some of whom are Bible scholars, I realize that I have quoted only the first few words of this verse, and those out of context; I do not mean to imply that these words are more important than the rest of the verse; far from it.
Correction 9/22/04 6:47 PM PST
I goofed. I pasted in the wrong reference for the passage above. I originally provided James 1:13; the reference should have been 1 Peter 1:13. Fixed.