Pine Shores has supported scouting since 1954 and tonight Troop 50 begins a new year. Because a rank Second Class means something to me, I have a slight recollection (or is it a quick google search) that one of the requirements for Second Class is related to map and compass skills.  Okay, a compass is a bit antiquated but as we know it is an instrument used for navigation and orientation showing direction relative to geographic position. I’m not sure you can get lost when you have a compass. (Well, thinking a bit further, I’m not sure I can say that because if you don’t know how to use a compass you will still get lost.)  We don’t use compasses any more. We have GPS, which stands for Global Positioning System. GPS is a space-based radio navigation system owned by the United States government and operated by the United States Air Force. It is a satellite system, which provides geolocation and time information to a receiver anywhere on or near the Earth where there is an unobstructed line of sight to four or more GPS satellites. Impressed? Don’t be. I just copied the verbiage directly off the internet. Typical, it takes me a while to the point. I’ve been pondering Jesus’ invitation to Peter to “setting his mind on divine things.” In the Greek the word translated “set your mind” means to “exercise the mind, to think, to interest oneself in (with concern or obedience)”; and, listen to this, “to be earnestly disposed in a certain direction.” What direction am I facing? Am I facing toward the things mattering to God?

Scripture Reading: Mark 8:33
“But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things”

Reflection Questions:
What matters to God?
What are you setting your mind on?
How is setting your mind on the “divine” concrete and specific?

Prayer: Holy God, you invite me to earnestly dispose my action in a certain directions. Fill me with the awareness and interest toward the things that matter to you. Amen