By Charles Towne
Just imagine that everybody could read our thoughts, that our minds were like computer monitors that could be read, and that our thoughts were there, wide open for everyone to see!
Boy, I bet we would be careful about what we were thinking! Or would we, could we?
You say, “I am not going to think negative or harmful thoughts ever again!” Oh yeah. If that was true, and it was a matter of will power, why haven’t I been able to control my thoughts up until now?
Rene Descartes said, “I think, therefore I am.” Basically saying that by thinking we prove our existence. If everybody could read your thoughts, or mine for that matter, what would they conclude about me, about my character? Would they see me as honest? Or perhaps as a deceitful rascal?
Let’s say that Mrs. Gabe Goober walks up to you in the lobby of the church and she is carrying her newborn son, Gabe Jr. Now we know that all parents think their own offspring are absolutely adorable, right? Therefore, you are obligated to say something complimentary, something nice, right?
But, keeping it in mind that Mrs. Goober can read your thoughts, the first thing into your mind is something like, “Oh my goodness, the poor kid looks just like his daddy, he is as ugly as a misbegotten toad!” Without a word being spoken Mrs. Goober slaps your face and stalks off in a rage.
I guess it is a good thing that we can’t read each other’s thoughts after all. But then, what about God?
Dear God, please help me so that the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart will be acceptable in your sight. In Jesus’ name I ask it, Amen.
P.S., And Lord, please forgive me for thinking that Mrs. Goober’s baby is as ugly as a misbegotten toad. Amen.
Life is like a grinding wheel, whether it grinds you down to a nubbin, or sharpens you to a razor edge is for you to decide.
Live fully, Love openly, Trust God, and make a difference, today.
Charles Towne is first and foremost a Christian. An octogenarian, author, journalist, wildlife photographer, naturalist, caregiver, and survivor, his life has been and continues to be, a never-ending adventure filled with possibilities never imagined. He has adopted the philosophy that to Live fully, laugh uproariously, love passionately, and learn like there is no tomorrow, is a formula for a long and joy-filled life.