Saturday, August 28, 2010
A Thought for The Day
"We all profess that we are bound for heaven, immortality, and glory: but is it any evidence that we really design it if all our thoughts are consumed about the trifles of this world, which we must leave behind us, and have only occasional thoughts of things above? "
I was thinking this morning after reading this quote from John Owen that we so often spend more of our day thinking about the "stuff" that doesn't really matter in life, and if people read our thoughts, what would they know about us ? Would they see peace in our thoughts, would they see kindness and love or would they see worries about things that don't really matter. Our thoughts turn into our actions in some form or another, that's just how life is. What do the majority of our thoughts say about us ? What are our true priorities in life ? Are they spiritual in nature ? Are we seeking peace and contentment ? In Weight Watchers they have you keep a food diary, for two reasons, one to stay on track and the other is to become aware of mindless eating....imagine if we started to write down our thoughts of the day....what would the theme be for us ? Are we centered on a godly life or are we weighing ourselves down with the trivial that will not matter in the end one bit ?
We do have to live our lives and care for the daily responsibilities given us, but what about when our minds play the squirrel cage act and our thoughts just run wild, would it not be better in those moments to seek the mind of Christ and focus on the things that will make us a better person, have better relationships, have a calmness about us that is so obvious that others wonder what it is we know that makes us happy, not the giddy kind of happy, but the deep form of happiness that cannot be stolen by an unkind word to us, or a long line in the store, or crazy drivers on the road. The kind of peace in our hearts that cannot be shaken by the media's attempt to make us feel discontented.
Perhaps being mindful of our thoughts and what direction they are drawn to, can help us discover a road that although narrow, leads us to a place of deep contented peace.
It is a silent sort of morning, sitting next to the wood stove in my rocker, watching the birds outside my windo...