What Are You Thinking?
By Executive Presbyter/Region 2, Jim Pollard
October 3, 2019
What Are You Thinking?
There are times when my wife, Pat and I are sitting together in the living room or taking a road trip and she’ll ask me, “What are you thinking?” I’ll answer, “Oh nothing.” And she’ll say, “Oh, really.”
I’ve heard that in the brain of men, they have a “nothing box” and they are really not thinking. Maybe men respond with the word, “nothing” because what they’re thinking does not amount to anything, or maybe they don’t want the other person to know what they are thinking. Example, you can think a person is ugly and there is no consequences, but if you say to the person, “you’re ugly” you may have an altercation.
“Thinking exists as the top mental activity demonstrated by man. All human accomplishments and advancement come from the results of thought. Civilization, knowledge, science and technology arise from the thinking process. Thought and activity are inseparable. Man normally perceives an action in his mind before undertaking an activity.”-- Sharon Takiguchi and "The world we have created is a product of our thinking; it cannot be changed without changing our thinking." --Albert Einstein
Changing our thinking brings us to the scriptures: “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:28. The scripture suggests that we have a decision to what we are thinking. Choosing what we think about is of the utmost importance, Proverbs 23:7 “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:...” We become what we are thinking.
If we are thinking good things, it’s an easy response, but if our thoughts are evil and we act out the thinking process, “premeditation”, we are putting ourselves in a very precarious situation. Premeditation means the action of planning something (especially a crime) beforehand.
But what if we turn premeditation into a positive attribute, “planning to serve the Lord” and “planning on building the Kingdom of God?” We then become the Church that reaches the lost, helps the hurting and builds the Kingdom of God. It is important that we take some time to think about what we are thinking.
If our thinking is negative we should change our thinking into positive thoughts. If our thinking never includes God, or the things of God, we should change our thinking.
It’s amazing how our thoughts can change things. Perspective matters. What we think about is huge. God talks about the importance of our thought life all throughout the scriptures. Our thoughts are undeniably important and God has a design for our thought life. Romans 12:2 “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is —his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
The origin of our thinking comes from the heart, Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” If our hearts have been changed, our thoughts will change. It becomes an issue of the heart. I once took a children’s bible and used it as a reference to a Sunday morning message. The children’s church kids had joined us for the Sunday morning worship, at the conclusion I gave the altar call and several children came forward to except Jesus into their hearts. One little girl went home with her grandmother after the service, opened up her little top and ask her grandmother, “can you see Jesus, I asked Him into my heart this morning”?
Oh that we all would become like little children and ask Jesus into our hearts, our thinking will be that which is good and forthright.
And so it becomes a question: “What are you thinking?”