So we must listen very carefully to the truth we have heard, or we may drift away from it.
Hebrews 2:1 (NLT)
Let’s face it. I’m a drifter. You are probably a drifter, too. Without even being aware of it, my mind drifts from thought to thought and, next thing I know, I’m not even thinking about what I intended to think about. This is not a new problem, but I think it’s only amplified with the constant stimulation of today’s world. Even as I write this, my mind is wandering. I get distracted by a comment, an ad that pops up on my screen, a bleep from my phone.
Now Faith, in the sense in which I am here using the word, is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted, in spite of your changing moods. For moods will change, whatever view your reason takes…. Consequently one must train the habit of Faith.
The first step is to recognise the fact that your moods change. The next is to make sure that, if you have once accepted Christianity, then some of its main doctrines shall be deliberately held before your mind for some time every day. That is why daily prayers and religious readings and churchgoing are necessary parts of the Christian life. We have to be continually reminded of what we believe. Neither this belief nor any other will automatically remain alive in the mind. It must be fed. And as a matter of fact, if you examined a hundred people who had lost their faith in Christianity, I wonder how many of them would turn out to have been reasoned out of it by honest argument? Do not most people simply drift away?
C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
So can I do something about this?
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Romans 12:2 (NKJV)
My mind is under my control. No one else’s. What goes on in my head is a direct result of what I allow to go on in my head. So, am I taking control of where I drift, or do I just go where the currents take me?