My dear friends, these are words that I feel must be said. We can so easily lull our minds to sleep as we go through the motions of living our lives that we don’t give any thought to what we are doing. The same old, same old becomes a ritual that we nail in place every day. Without bothering to think of what we are doing, or even what we should be doing, we just plug along getting up, going to work, or to school, reacting to people with the same attitude that we have cultivated over the years. We eat our meals with blank minds. The only time we allow our minds to wander and wonder is when we shouldn’t, namely, while driving our car.

Regardless of our age we all have a tendency to live without focus. It seems to be too much trouble to delve into the whys of what we do, why we like people, why we don’t like people. Think for a moment what “why” do you avoid? (“Be careful, This could become habit forming”, he said with tongue in cheek.) We all have that something which we tend to avoid. And that something is … thinking. Thinking, I am afraid, has become like moving dusty memorabilia up in the attic. “Why am I keeping this”, we ask ourselves…as we look at it with a strange gaze, and then gently put it back in the same position, to be untouched for another few years.

It is not just you. Everyone, all of us, seem to be shunning thought! It is our minds that separate us from other animals. We can think! We can delve into the recesses of our minds. We can understand ourselves! We even have a mobile phone that we can carry around and contact anyone. We can text anyone. We can exchange our thoughts to others. But, I would hazard a guess that there is a high percentage of people that use their phone for their own pleasure. The phone is used for amusement, to play a game. Why? We don’t have to think! We don’t feel guilty about not thinking. Hey, how can I think? I am busy playing a game! We choose amusement over thinking.

Let’s now shift into a third gear, a major mind shift. “What is God’s unique plan for you?” We were just talking about amusement and thinking, and in the blink of an eye, we speak of reflection, of delving into the recesses of our mind, into the logistics of God’s existence and its meaning for us. Our mind is a gift that has been given only to mankind. And, we need it to really appreciate and understand Christianity. We must use that mind to try to understand our God’s love, and for our heart, to absorb it. Do you really feel that this is too much trouble to do, that it is too difficult to do? Then, with as much love in my heart that I can possibly have, I say to you, “BE CAREFUL, IF IT REALLY IS TOO MUCH TROUBLE, THEN YOU REALLY DO NOT KNOW OR UNDERSTAND JESUS”. I can hear your words of, “Who does he think he is? He doesn’t know me.” I know that sounds harsh. But, if we are truly trying to know Jesus, then NOTHING is too difficult to do; NOTHING is too much trouble to do. We use the gift that God has given us, thought, to learn about God’s plan for us.

The question was asked of us of what we would be when we grew up? It was a normal question and one that seemed reasonable. The correct answer should have been, “I will tell you when I grow up”. But, the question inevitably was answered with, “Doctor”, “Nurse”, “Lawyer”, “Priest”, “Nun” or one of hundreds of other professions and life styles. Unwittingly, we fell into the trap of thinking that THAT life style would define who we would be when we grew up. And so, our goal was established at a specific time for the rest of our life. I ask you now, “Who are you, right now?” Don’t answer with a profession. The correct answer will speak of our likes, our dislikes, what we feel in our heart, what occupies our mind’s thoughts, what we seek, who we love, what are our sorrows, what are we happy about, and what our mistakes have been. Every one of those answers requires us to analyze our self, to think of our life style. They require THOUGHT!! Oh, and by the way, at this same time, we are spelling out God’s unique plan for us.

All of these we have formed us over the years. They are not to be taken lightly. God has helped us, has shaped us, and together with our many, many missteps has formed the person that we are right now. This person, who exists with this body, is facing life as it gradually unfolds before us. We have no right to curse this, or blame that. Life is unfolding before us. God’s will for us is permitting life to unfold. Some of it, we may deem to be good, and some, not so. But it is our life and it is God’s plan for us, at this moment in time. We don’t have the right or the privilege to say, “I will wait for the next hand that you deal”. He wants us to recognize that this hand was given to us by Him. He, who loves us beyond all comprehension, is giving us this current hand (with its’ joy and sorrows), so that we may grow. All of our life has been educating us for this hand, so that we can cope with, accept, and embrace what God has permitted life to deal us. “For this came I into the world; that I should give testimony to the truth. Every one that is of the truth hears my voice.” (John 18:37) God speaks to us daily. He doesn’t shout. His is a whisper. It is so quiet that we must stop the turmoil in which we are involved. We must quietly listen so that we can hear His whispers in our mind.

Here are some other Posts that blend with this one. Continue the thread:

1) Aim for the WHY?
2) The Tree
3) A Meal With Friends
4) What Does This Mean?