01 January

Time To Think About Our Thinking

I’ve been thinking about my thinking a lot over the last year.

And I’ve been thinking about how strange it is that most of us don’t think  about our thinking very often. It is particularly strange when the Scriptures teach that the way a man thinks is the way he is. (Proverbs 23:7)

2018 lies before us like a fresh blanket of snow. The calendar is clear and unmarked. Have you thought about what you want to do with this year? Or is your plan to just wing it and see how it works out? The Bible has something to say about both of those options. “An intelligent person aims at wise actions,  but a fool starts off in many directions.” (Proverbs 17:24, The Good News Version). Apparently intelligent people think about what they should be aiming for. Thinking people set priorities.

It was a Thursday evening in November that Pastor Donna’s oldest sister, Joyce, came home from work and collapsed. We received a phone call that she was being rushed to the hospital. The early diagnosis was a heart attack but tests showed her heart to be fine. She was sent home. She was scheduled to fly to Calgary and visit her parents but cancelled the trip because wasn’t feeling well enough. She suffered a stroke four or five days later. And less than four weeks after being taken to the hospital with a suspected heart attack, she passed away.

I’ve been thinking about Joyce a lot over the last couple of weeks. I liked her.
She was a witty, strong-willed lady who was always kind to me. Her life appears, to those of us who loved her, to have been too short. At the beginning of 2017 none of us expected to end the year without her. We act and live and think like everyone we love is going to be around forever. We forget we are mortal. We are here and then we are gone.

A new year is before us like a clean slate of paper. Think about how you are
thinking about it. Are you thinking I’ll get serious about what really matters when I’m finished school or when my kids are a bit older or when I am more established in my career or when I have finished sowing my wild oats? If you are thinking that way, you need to be thinking about your thinking. You need to establish some clear priorities and write them out on that clean slate of paper.

Intelligent people aim to live wisely now. “If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done.” (Ecclesiastes 11:4, The Living Bible) Now is the time to think seriously about your relationship with God. Now is the time to love and invest in our families. Now is the time to find our place in our church and do what we can to train up the next generation in godly living. It is the time to serve our community as never before; it is time to “talk to others and tell them about Jesus” as never before. Now is the time to thinking about our thinking.
                                                                             ................... Pastor John


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