02 October 2018
An Unfailing Process ~ Thinking
Greetings Dear Reader,
In case you need reminding, the title of my blog is Thoughts and Questions. The reason for this is because of the beginning of the unfailing process. If I am to do well I must think well. I am required to think.
It seems that the world increasingly embraces emotion and reaction over thought and reason. One need only to scan a social media feed to see virulent statements based more on feelings than fact. How one feels has supplanted clear thinking and sound reason as a basis for being.
When we fail to think we allow how we feel to dictate our choices. This is indeed what is our undoing. Following Christ requires thinking. It is what renews our minds. It is what transforms us. When we fail to think critically and honestly, we have no place to stand when our fears and anger assail us.
It is in thinking that we can reason our way to love that is not based on emotion. This kind of love that is unconditional and unstoppable. It is not a feeling. It is a choice in how we treat others based on reasoning that this is how the Father wishes the universe to function. It is the way of wisdom and life.
I realize that to the emotional mind unfettered by reason it also sounds foolish. This is the kind of fool I strive to become. It is the reasoned, thinking, loving fool that has the most impact. It is in thinking well that we can begin the unfailing process.
In the process of thinking well we can see the reasonable nature of faith and following. It is in reason that we can filter out the visceral responses that cause us to hate, harm, and kill. We use our refusal to think as a means to justify our rejection of Christ, truth, and each other. How we feel takes precedence over truth.
I must think and allow truth to inform that thinking. I must filter how I feel through truth and reason in a way that allows me to love as unconditionally as humans are able. It is in this thinking that I can find the way to follow with my heart as well as my mind. In this I can live out the truth of Thomas Trahern’s thought that, “To think well is to serve God in the interior court.”
We become what we think. Thinking is the seed that yields an unfailing crop. If our thoughts are on our past, ourselves, or our woes we will not be thinking of and loving others. We will be following that which destroys our better natures. We will be creating that which cannot survive. That, Dear Reader is why we must think well and avoid letting how we feel determine who we are.
Wishing you joy in the journey,
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a home owner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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