13 Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1).

Yet another word used only once in the Bible: “prepare,” which means “to gird up” — which pictures someone binding their long flowing robe with a belt, allowing for unimpeded movement in a task.  Peter then throws sobriety and concentration into the mixture, conveying the one idea of unimpeded thought.  In other words, Peter is telling us not to allow anything to get in the way of thinking about eternal matters.  We are to put away all distractions that would keeps us from thinking on the ultimate prize of grace that is waiting for us.

Yet, in a world with so many distractions vying for our attention, an unimpeded spiritual life is not easy.  No, not easy at all.  To be sure, evil things lie everywhere in our path to distract us — but also good things.  And if the devil cannot get us to succumb to the evil temptations all around us, he will most certainly attempt to trip us up with the good.  He is equally happy with both, as long as he can get our thoughts off eternal things — the things that really matter.

Lord, help us This Day to walk as unimpeded as we can, fixing our hearts, our souls, and our minds on those eternal things that really matter.  Amen.