Patricia Hofer

Being double-minded

“A double minded man is unstable in all his ways” (KJV James 1:6, 8). As I see it, being double-minded refers to more than doubt, even though some translations call it that. For me, “double-minded” is what we all are as we struggle between what our brain wants and what our consciousness motivates. After his encounter with continuing life, his “near death” experience, neurosurgeon Eben Alexander wrote: “True thought is not the brain’s affair.” Because we have “been so trained to associate our brains with what we think and who we are,” Alexander continued, “we have lost the ability to realize that we are at all times much more than the physical brains and bodies that do—or should do—our bidding” (84).

This “much more” of human consciousness comes to each of us in the Creator’s breath of life. His spirit is what determines the “I” of who we are, the subjectivity and individuality of our motives and moral choices. When we are wavering, going back and forth between the selfish choice and the unselfish choice, it is Christ himself who would strengthen our purpose and inspire higher motives. How freeing it is to say with Paul, “But we have the mind of Christ” (1 Cor. 2:16).

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