When you think of the word sober you may think of someone that isn’t drunk. But sober has a more sober meaning.
For a bishop must be blameless, as a steward of God, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but hospitable, a lover of what is good, sober-minded, just, holy, self-controlled, holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict. Titus 1:7-9
Although sober can mean free from intoxicating drink, it also carries several other meanings.
To be sober-minded is to be serious minded, temperate, and curbing one’s desires and impulses. To be sober-minded is to think clearly.
Any Christian should exhibit all those qualities.
If you desire to be more sober-minded then I think slowing down and taking your time will help. When your mind is crowded by the demands of work, home, school, studying, raising children, repairing the house, struggling with bills and so on – then it can be difficult to think clearly.
Slow down. Take your time. Don’t rush it.
Pray and depend on God.
There is no one more sober-minded than your heavenly Father.
I am quite a jokester, it runs in my family. I almost always have some come back or one liner to spout. I love making people laugh.
Laughter is good. It’s like a medicine.
But as much as there is a time to laugh there is a time to be serious.
It is Peter that encourages you to be sober because of the devil.
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 1 Peter 5:8
Keep your wits about yourself – be sober!