When I read Philippians lesson for Sunday (2.5-11) I can't help but be reminded of the scene when Bethany (the main character) is confronted with the fact that she is the rightful heir of the line of David and will at this time and in this place be the savior of the world.
She does what any thinking human being would do; she runs. She runs and she hides, and tries to figure out what on earth she is going to do now that she knows her history, knows her place.
I can't remember if it is Chris Rock's character or another that finds her, but the conversation that follows is priceless. I goes something like, "Why do you think there isn't much in the Bible about Jesus in those interim years. He had to deal with being the Son of God."
Paul calls us to do that same work. To have the same mind as Christ is to come to understand that God has chosen us as his children. He wants to be in relationship with us. He wants to to, indeed is glad to, give us the kingdom.
Dealing with that can be hard. It can be hard to imagine that God would care about me, much less love me. It can be hard to be forgiven when the guilt is so very comfortable. It can be almost impossible to come to terms with the new life that comes from the knowledge that God chose me.
But with time and practice and prayer, it is possible to have the same mind as Christ. To find forgivness, to live no longer for self but to lay down my life so that God can give it back to me again. It just might mean disappearing for while to think and to pray. And that, well I think that's ok.