Your mind is always active.
Maybe I should say it this way: My mind is always active.
I am constantly analyzing, reflecting, daydreaming or dreaming.
There is not a moment during the day or night when we are not thinking.
I would suggest that we use a biblical word to describe this part of our lives: "Unceasing".
We think unceasingly.
There are times when I think to myself - "I wish I could just stop thinking for a while; that would save me from a lot of worry, guilt and fear."
Like a lot of things that God gives us, our greatest gift from him can be the source of our greatest pain.
So, what do we do?
Do we have to live in bondage to our own thoughts?
Here's one solution: Convert your unceasing thinking into unceasing prayer.
Turn that inner monologue with yourself into a continuing dialogue with God - who is the source of love, peace and joy.
God really does want to listen to all that you are thinking about.
When you are worried - talk to God about it - and be filled with peace.
When you are filled with guilt - talk to God about it - and receive His forgiveness.
When you are filled with fear - talk to God about it - and be filled with joy.
It's what Paul meant when he said in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 to, "Pray continually, to pray without ceasing, or to pray unceasingly."
Just a thought for a Thursday.
The old man decided to sue the driver of the truck, seeking to recoup the cost of the damages. While the old man was on the stand, the counsel for the defense cross-examined the man by asking a simple question: "I want you to answer 'yes' or 'no' to the following question: Did you or did you not say at the time of the accident that you were 'perfectly fine'"?
And the man said, "Well, me and my dog and my mule were walking along the road … " And the counsel for defense said, "Stop, stop, I asked you, tell me 'yes' or 'no', did you say you were 'perfectly fine' at the time of the accident?"
"Well, me and my dog and my mule were walking along the road and … " The defense attorney appealed to the judge. "Your honor," he said, "the man is not answering the question. Would you please insist that he answer the question?" The judge said, "Well, he obviously wants to tell us something. Let him speak."
So the man said, "Well, me and my dog and my mule were walking along the road and this truck came around the corner far too fast, knocked us into the ditch. The driver stopped, got out of his truck, saw my dog was badly injured, went back to his truck, got his rifle, and he shot it. Then he saw that my mule had broken his leg so he shot it.
Then he said, 'How are you?' And I said, 'I'm perfectly fine.'"
Sometimes what you have heard about a situation or even seen does not dictate the perception that you have - or whether or not your perception is correct.
It all depends upon the context.
Put things into context today, my friends. Get all the facts. Realize that there are two sides to every story.
Just a thought for a Tuesday.