God be in my Head
God be in my head, and in my understanding; God be in my mine eyes, and in my looking; God be in mouth, and in my speaking; God be in my heart, and in my thinking; God be at mine end, and at my departing.
These words, coming from a book of prayers published around 1515 A.D., are words, I believe, that need to be taken to heart as much now as they were when they were first printed. We are bombarded daily by newspapers, magazines, television and internet with words and images that want to cloud our mind and soul and to distract us from keeping ourselves focused on God.
The word or title “Christian” has become a word that is tossed around almost like one might say, “I’m a Democrat or I’m a Republican.”
For me, there is not much meaning in the word any more. I like to instead use the word disciple, as in, “I am a disciple of Jesus Christ.”
If we take the words of the above prayer to heart and practice them in our life, it should become difficult to judge others for whom they are, to hate others because they are not like us, to discount others as unimportant, and instead love others as ourselves, as we are reminded many times in scripture.
If “God is mine eyes, and in my looking” around me I see in all of creation and human beings, God at work.
If “God be in my mouth, and in my speaking,” my words should to soft and helpful, and not harsh and hurtful. Curse words and put downs would not be a part of my vocabulary.
If “God be in my heart, and in my thinking” then I am constantly focused on God and how best to be a disciple in the world around me.
If “God be at mine end, and my departing” when the end of life comes and I graduate to the next life, I will have spent a life time as a disciple and servant of God and those God has called me to serve, which is all of my sisters and brothers.
I think it is only fair to say, like you, doing all of the above is not easy for me and sometimes it is downright difficult. I can truthfully say many days are better than others at seeing the best in people and God’s creation. But I also know that God’s grace abounds, so I continue every day to try to be the best person I can be.
May God be with you and bless you on your journey.