In 1972 the United Negro College Fund adopted the slogan “the mind is a terrible thing to waste.” Since this decision other organizations have used this saying to stress the importance of education, knowledge and learning. However, is there ever a time when minds interfere with matters in life?
These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ, Colossians 2:17.
C.S. Lewis introduces the term diabolical pride within a chapter in Mere Christianity. While attitude, arrogance and egos are a sign of confidence, success can go to one’s head. Subsequently, individuals can become narcissitic, blinded by pride. This character flaw essentially prevents people from considering the advice, opinions and wisdom from others.
Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you. Such a person also goes into great detail about what they have seen; they are puffed up with idle notions by their unspiritual mind, Colossians 2:18.
Perhaps this topic inspired the words of the apostle Paul within a letter to Christians in Corinth. Similar to religious leaders steeped in tradition, minds can become puffed up by idle notions. In the end, relative matters are ignored due to ignorant minds influenced by worldly philosophies. Instead of recognizing the obvious, minds have a habit of getting in the way, preventing the masses from seeing what truly matters in life. Wake up today before your mind forgets what is truly important.
by Jay Mankus