Andy Stoddard ~ My Mind Stayed on Jesus

Andy Stoddard February 16, 2017

Every morning I start off with the Morning Office.  I use this website.  It’s an online version of the morning and evening prayer service found in the Book of Common Prayer. The service has scripture readings, prayers, and other useful tools for focusing on God.

Each day’s reading starts off with a hymn. And while I usually focus on one of the scripture readings, today’s hymn, an old gospel hymn, really stayed with me.

I woke up this morning with my mind stayed on Jesus
I woke up this morning with my mind stayed on Jesus
I woke up this morning with my mind stayed on Jesus
(Chorus)
Hallelu
(Thank God)
hallelu
(My Lord)
Hallelujah.
I’m walking and talking with my mind stayed on Jesus
I’m walking and talking with my mind stayed on Jesus
I’m walking and talking with my mind stayed on Jesus
(Chorus)
I woke up singing with my mind stayed on Jesus
I woke up singing with my mind stayed on Jesus
I woke up singing with my mind stayed on Jesus
(Chorus)
Hallelujah.
I’m freeing myself with my mind stayed on Jesus
I’m freeing myself with my mind stayed on Jesus
I’m freeing myself with my mind stayed on Jesus
(Chorus)

What I love about this hymn is that every line ends, “my mind stayed on Jesus.”

No matter the situation you were in, your mind stayed on Jesus.

What a great reminder for today, to keep our mind on Jesus.  No matter where we are, no matter where we may be, no matter what is going on, we keep our mind on Jesus.

When that happens, everything else makes sense.  Everything has a purpose.

And even if everything else doesn’t make sense, we have a hope to hold on to, in the midst of the chaos.  We have a direction.  We have a rock to stand on. We have something to focus on.

We have Jesus.  Because everything, everything, everything comes back to him. And when our mind is focused on him, everything else finds its natural rhythm and natural purpose.

Everything.

Today, this morning.  This time in you life, this season in your life, where is your mind?  Where is your focus?  What (who) is guiding your steps?

He will never leave nor forsake us.  He will never forget us.  He is our life, our strength, our shield.  He is our everything.

With our minds on him, all will be well.

Today, is your mind stayed on Jesus?


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