A Penny For Your Thoughts

December 5, 2012

A Penny For Your Thoughts

            Those who offer us a penny for our thoughts are probably offering it for our thoughts at the moment.  In this article I would like to challenge you to consider: not just your thoughts at this moment, but rather the question of how you think.  In other words, what makes you think the way you do?

When snow melts on a mountain it runs down the mountain side to the ocean.  If we were to analyze a quart of that water, just before it reached the ocean, we would find that it had collected elements and debris along the way.  That’s the way our mind works.  As we go along, our mind develops patterns of thought according to where we have been.

The human mind is an amazing, complicated, delicate mechanism.  We need to be extremely careful with it so that it will serve us well.  We can’t fathom how it works, but it’s imperative that we understand some basic truths about how it functions.

We have mental capacity and knowledge; both of which are assets.  We are limited in what we can do to increase our brain power.  Studies have shown that proper diet is helpful in keeping the brain functioning properly.  It may not increase our mental capacity, but it may enable us to retain what we already have.  Just the fact that we have a high IQ and a good education is no assurance that we will think right.

Our thoughts are governed, in great part, by our attitude.  The word “attitude” doesn’t appear anywhere in the Bible.  Attitude is closely related to the word “heart” in the Bible.  If our heart is right, our attitude will also be right.  Proverbs 4:23 says “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”

Our thoughts are also governed by our philosophy of life.  All of us   have a philosophy of life, even though we may not be aware of it.  Are you familiar with the various philosophies of life?  Among the most common are materialism, communism, socialism, secularism and humanism.  It’s doubtful that anyone conforms 100% to any one philosophy.  Are you aware of what the end result will be of following these philosophies?

Christianity is more than just another philosophy of life.  My philosophy of life is the following:

1.  There is a God

2.  He has revealed himself through nature and his Word, the Bible.

3.  I can’t go wrong by obeying God.

I have never known or heard of anyone who made a disaster of his life because he was an obedient Christian.

A child’s way of thinking is patterned by his upbringing.  The way of thinking of young people and adults is constantly being influenced by the following:

1.  School                                4.  What they read

2.  Parents and relatives       5.  Television

3.  Friends                              6.  Radio

Many of today’s young people have given themselves over to an entertainment mentality.  Work and study are repulsive to them because they aren’t entertaining.  They have become addicted to electronic games, pornography and rock music.  The result is that when they are old enough to get a job they are neither willing nor qualified for one.  They have to be coddled and cared for by society.  If not, they would riot and plunder and be a menace to society.  What will happen when the majority in society reach that level?  Someone has to milk the cows and feed the chickens.  If not, how shall we eat?

 

Parents have a vital part in molding the thinking pattern of their children.  They need to teach them how to think.  Children look to their parents to help them determine what is right and wrong.  Parents need to be selective in   choosing their children’s school.  Many parents have been frustrated because their children’s teachers have been given liberty to tinker with their thinkers (their minds), with the result that they reject the good teaching of their parents.  That’s why a growing number of parents are choosing to home school their children.

 

You need the transforming power of the new birth to be able to bring your way of thinking into harmony with the way God wants you to think.  II Corinthians 5:17 says “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” That doesn’t happen in the moment of salvation.  Being saved changes our relationship with God.  We are brought to accept God as a divine authority.  We are then willing to let God work in us.  “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13).

 

In II Peter 3:18 the Bible tells us that we need to “grow in knowledge.”  “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.”  It also tells us in Romans 12:2 that we need to be transformed by the renewing of our minds.  “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” There are things that need to be weeded out of our minds and other things that need to be added.  How can I know if I’m thinking right?  Perhaps the one verse in the Bible that says the most about how we ought to think is Philipians 4:8.  “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.”

 

 

Faithfully reading the Bible enables us to grow in  knowledge; not only in knowing God’s will for us, but also in knowing what is good for us.  Mature, obedient Christians are happy people.  They aren’t perfect; neither are they among those who make foolish decisions and pay dearly for it.

 

Let God renew your mind, first of all by becoming a child of his.  “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name” (John 1:12).  After doing that, you need to accept the Bible as divine revelation and pattern your thinking according to what God says.

 

Our e-mail address is rusandmargaretgeorge@windstream.net

 

 

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