The Mind Functions Better as Part of a Team

The Holiness of the Here and Now – Part 48

What am I to do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also; I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing with my mind also.

–1 Corinthians 14:15 (ESV)

The present moment is always full of infinite treasure. It holds more than you have the capacity to receive. Faith is the measure. You will find, in each moment, as much as you have faith for.

–Jean Pierre de Caussade

If it is true, as Jean Pierre de Caussade tells us, that the present moment “holds more than you have the capacity to receive,” then you need to be concerned, not with what you might be missing, but with how to increase your capacity. The apostle Paul gives us  a clue about how to do this when he tells us that he prays with his spirit as well as with his mind. Notice the order. The spirit prays first, setting no limits on faith, but praying in agreement with faith. The mind, then, can pray according to faith. When this happens, faith remains free, but so does the mind. The mind is not getting in its own way, insisting on doing all the work alone. The mind has become a team player. When the mind goes first, however, it tends to take over.

This is why the present moment will so often offend the mind with its ordinariness. But when you enter the moment faith first, your spirit instructs your mind on the true and glorious nature of the here and now.

The Holiness of the Here and Now is a daily devotional that I am currently working on. When I am finished, there will be 365 chapters like the one above. Meanwhile, I am sharing this work-in-progress. Like the Facebook page to see content like this in your feed.